Last Friday, the 23rd of September, was the opening night for this year’s fall play, Game of Tiaras.
Written and directed by Neil Radtke, the play revolved around three princesses: The Ice Queen, Belle, and Cinderella, who were all vying for the control of their father’s kingdom.
Olivia McDaniel played Cinderella, who despite her innocent appearance, was the main antagonist plotting against her sisters.
Cinderella was written as a cunning villain, creating elaborate plans to kill the others, and manipulating others into doing her bidding.
Molly Synesael was cast as Belle, the one princess who tried to be fair and loving to her sisters, rather than trying to murder them.
A reoccurring theme for her character was her independence and feminist ideals as she tried to survive.
The Snow Queen (“Not to be confused with copyrighted character from recent movie”), was played by Elliana Trice.
One more important character was of course the king, played by Keegan Halter.
The King was a huge part of the comedy, and every scene he was in was hilarious.
Each princess had their own motivation for wanting the kingdom, but the King mainly wanted love from his daughters.
Overall, the play was well directed and created, although budgeting issues did force the cast to become creative in how they performed.
One example being the “blood packet guy,” played by Quentin Knuppel, who rushed on stage, wearing a red shirt, and threw red tissue paper over anyone who was killed throughout the performance. This was technically flawed, but I believe it was one of the funniest parts of the whole thing.
Another issue with the play was the setting. With Harrison’s budget for the arts being so low, only one set was used for the entire play, with small changes made throughout for different story locations.
Despite these downfalls, the students acting in this play brought their best performances.
“Although we had less time than usual, I still believe every cast member was prepared for the show,” said Kate Bangert, who was narrator one. “I at least know that I was prepared.
“The most difficult part of preparing was memorizing lines. With such a short amount of time, you have to put a lot of work into your lines. The easiest is probably getting into character. You act like this new person once a day for a little over a month, so becoming them isn't very difficult.”
Although the play was a “tragedy,” the comedy came through in every scene.