WILTON, Conn. The Wilton High School senior play offers students one last chance to be in the spotlight. And this years play, Mary Potter and the Race to Nowhere, the opportunity is all the more amusing for the seniors.
Written by director Mat Young, Mary Potter is a parody of J.K. Rowlings popular Harry Potter series. Young said that after doing Shakespeares Hamlet in the fall, Mary Potter is a much lighter and amusing performance. This is kind of the reward for all the kids who put so much into Hamlet.
With 68 cast members and another eight on tech, I think its the biggest senior show weve ever had, said senior Bex Thorogood, a stage manager. Everyone who auditioned was given a role.
It wasnt the first time Georgia Blatchford, 17, auditioned for a show at Wilton High, but it was the one she got into and was cast as a lead. Shes playing the role of Benifix, a servant of the Dark Lord Walmart.
I wasnt even sure Id try out, she said. Ive always really wanted to do theater. As a freshman I tried out for the musical but didnt make it.
Georgia said that after she got the callback and a lead part, she was excited but worried about the extra time. But its totally worth the time for the experience, Blatchford said.
For Eleanor Clifford, 17, who was cast as the title character, the theater isnt a stranger. She played Hamlet in the fall play and performed several times when she was younger.
Its been really exciting to see the kids whove never done theater before, Eleanor said. She said that being in a play forms a community and brings everyone closer together.
The cast has spent so much time together, Eleanor said, At this point it seems like an extended play date.
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