A Language Of Good Chemistry
By Anouk. L
On April 26th and 27th, junior Abby C. presented the play she directed, Language of Angels.
Made for a small cast of only eight people, the dramatic play is about a teenager that goes missing in California. Playgoers learn that she was sexually assaulted and murdered by one of her friends. The rest of the show is about the impact her death has on the community and the friends that knew the young girl.
Early in the process, Abby C. believed this play would be a perfect choice for her to direct.
“I was looking for a show that had a lot of roles that teenagers could easily step into and find pieces of themselves in,” said Abby. “I think this show accomplished that. I kind of took all those problems, anxiety and insecurity that teenagers face, and put them in a butterfly effect.”
The material of the play struck a nerve with many of the actors, including junior Gabriel M. Gabriel described it as, bold, scary and sad.
“It didn’t feel like acting,” said Gabriel, “it felt real.”
Including the crew, approximately 20 Duxbury High School students participated in the show.
Junior William T. was in charge of the sound.
“The show was actually really good,” said William. “All the actors were fantastic and it was just a good play.”
Abby, the director, was effusive with her praise of her cast and crew.
“This school in general is so artistically gifted,” said Abby. “The talent that we saw was overwhelming.”
In a very small, intimate room, Language of Angels showed, “how humans break,” according to Abby Chase. “It was just so honest.”
The actresses and actors practiced after school every single day for a week. Each rehearsal usually lasted three to four hours. Even though it was a lot of work, Gabriel really enjoyed the rehearsal time with his fellow cast members.
“The atmosphere was great, it was a good chemistry, I loved them all. They were very nice people and it has to be [with nice people] because it’s eight people. I’m glad it was a tiny cast because it wouldn’t have been that good [with a larger cast],” he said.
During the process of putting on the play, both Gabriel and William felt pressure to succeed at their jobs.
“I was really intimidated,” said Gabriel.
William, although not in the spotlight, also confessed to having nerves during the performance.
“The first time I did [the sound] I was very nervous because if I mess something up, like a gunshot in the middle of the play, it [would have been] terrifying.”
Despite their anxiety, they made it out alive and helped make Language of Angels an amazing play.
Gabriel is thrilled with the end result. Looking back on the experience, he finds himself a different person.
“[I know now] not to be afraid of words or actions that I wouldn’t do personally,” said Gabriel. “Now, I feel very comfortable with acting.”