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Belfry Club Shines in A Man for All Seasons
Belfry Club Shines in A Man for All Seasons



The award-winning Belfry Club, the oldest continuously operated high-school drama club in the country, took on "A Man for All Seasons" back in November. An ambitious play to say the least, the Belfry Club was up to the task. (Gallery I / Gallery II)

"Working on Julius Caesar last spring was a real highlight for me as a teacher and a director," said Belfry Club Director K. Richardson. "The cast was particularly engaged, not just in putting on a great performance, but in examining questions of citizenship in a democracy through the lens of both ancient Rome and the Elizabethan Era and so impressed me with their high level work and artistry across the board. I hadn't read this play (A Man for All Seasons) in about 20 years, but when I returned to it this summer, it seemed a great opportunity to not just continue that discussion, but shift our dual lens to Tudor England and the 1960's, which is interesting again in all sorts of ways. I thought it was a challenge these students would enjoy and could really deliver on."

One of the unique elements of the play was that it was performed inside a blackbox theatre, which was built by GA's Technical Theatre class.

"I love our work in the black box theatre—the students' acting is so honest and compelling and directly connected to each other and the audience," said Richardson. "There's nowhere to hide and everyone really rises to the challenge. Really, the cast ensemble is so impressive as a whole."

The Belfry Club will next perform Spring Awakening, a musical, on March 9 and 10 at 7pm in the Arts Center Auditorium.


CAST LIST


Sir Thomas Moore........................Vinit Joshi

Master Richard Rich......................Max Donches

Duke of Norfolk..............................Michael Wood

Lady Alice More.............................Alex Kafrissen

Lady Margaret...............................Lauren Paynton

Cardinal Wolsey..............................Julia Fassler

Thomas Cromwell...........................Isaac Wilkins

Signor Chapuys..............................Aman Gill

William Roper..................................Danny Ritz

Henry VIII....................................... Andrew Piszek

Cranmer..........................................Emma Caplan

Common Man:

Woman/Foreman/CM..................Cianni Williams

Steward/CM................................Naomi Friedman

Jailer/CM.....................................Asya-Shane Miller

Publican/CM................................Rachel Roth

Boatman/Headsman/CM.............Jakob Slifker

Ch's Attendant/CM.......................Sydney Hill