Aldersgate Church Community Theatre The Winslow BoyBy Laura & Mike Clark • Mar 11th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of the Aldersgate Church Community Theatre’s production of the Winslow Boy [MP3 5:39 2.6MB].
Aldersgate Church Community Theatre
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Alexandria, VA
$12 to $15
Through March 16th
Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of the Winslow Boy performed by the Aldersgate Church Community Theatre in Alexandria, Virginia. Mike and I saw the performance on Sunday afternoon, March 9, 2008.
Mike: I had a very good time with this legal thriller. It was very engaging and very much focused on the relationships between the people and not the normal legal gymnastics that happen in legal thrillers.
Laura: Yes, this was a good show. I enjoyed how the cast all worked together. They seemed very comfortable together on stage. It was more of the inside look and not all of the legal stuff. It was kind of a behind the scenes of what the family was going through during this trying time.
Mike: The Winslow Boy is a play by Terence Rattigan. It takes place in pre-WW I England. A fourteen year old cadet is expelled from school for stealing a five pound postal note. His father is outraged that he would be expelled without due process. At that time in England there was no due process for citizens that were in the employ of the king. We learn more about the family and what happens to the family during the trial and during the process to decide if there should even be a trial for the boy’s innocence.
Laura: Ronnie Winslow, the boy accused of stealing the five pound note, was played by Jimmy Day. He did a good job. He was kind of timid and not wanting to bring his family dishonor. He may have done some things that weren’t real smart, like trying to throw the letter away from the school telling him that he had been expelled and then finally coming forward with it. There was a good scene towards the end of the first act between him and his lawyer. The lawyer, Sir Robert Morton, decided to go ahead and try the case. That was a good scene. Ronnie got a little flustered which actually worked to his advantage.
Mike: His father, Arthur Winslow, was played by Ron Field. He did a very good job. He was the character who had a lot of problems resulting from this whole situation. As time progressed through the play, Arthur became more and more disabled. He started out walking slowly and then he progressed to a cane, and then two canes, and then to a wheelchair. That was a nice progression. It was very realistic how Field was able to portray that charcter. He did not lose his aloofness or his attitude. It stayed the same and he still dearly cared for his family.
Laura: Arthur Winslow’s daughter, Catherine Winslow, was played by Rachael Hubbard. I liked her portrayal. She was polite, yet she got her feelings across and made them known. She was part of the Women’s Suffragette Movement. The family kind of put up with it. I liked her portrayal. I liked the scene towards the end between her and the lawyer Sir Robert Morton.
Mike: I hate to say this, but she reminded me of the mother in Mary Poppins. The same type things dealing with the Suffragette Movement. I had a giggle about that.
Sir Robert Morton was played by Mark Adams. He was so regal. I loved the scene when he was cross examining Ronnie to decide if he should take the case or not. It was very well done. Masterful delivery of the conflict between the two of them. Ronnie was so scared in that scene. When the family would exclaim and jump in, Adams would just snap right back at them. His demeanor was just perfect. I really like that performance.
Laura: I think all of the cast did really well. Another thing I liked was the set for The Winslow Boy. It all took place in the sitting room of the Winslow house, but there were doors off to the side and a door to the garden. I liked the detail of the sitting room very much. The Set Designer and Technical Director were Scott Obenchain.
Mike: The Sound Design was very interesting. Sound was designed by Alan Wray. The first scene in the first act had some rain that occurred and unfortunately you could hear where the loop was on the rain sound effect. It was also a touch too loud, I could not hear all of the actors over the sound. This is an odd point, but during the intermission, the music playing was appropriate, but it was very loud. I don’t know if that was on purpose or not, but it was very loud. A couple times, Dickie the older brother of Ronie, played by Brian Clarke, started up the victrola and after he dropped the head of the victrola onto the recording it was a few seconds until the sound started, and then when he took it off, it was a few seconds until the sound stopped. The sound cues for that need to be worked on a bit.
Laura: Something else I liked were the costumes. Costumes were designed by Barbara Helsing and Pat Taylor. I thought they were very appropriate for the time period and very beautiful. In one of the scenes the ladies came in after the trial and were wearing very flow-y dresses that had very nice matching hats of course.
Mike: The Winslow Boy is playing through March 16th. Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. The show runs two and a half hours with one intermission.
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Mike: And now, on with the show.
- Violet: Bonnie Jourdan
- Ronnie Winslow: Jimmy Day/William Havranek
- Arthur Winslow: Ron Field
- Grace Winslow: Heather Sanderson
- Catherine Winslow: Rachael Hubbard
- Dickie Winslow: Brian Clarke
- John Weatherstone: Carl Nubile
- Desmond Curry: Gary Cramer
- Miss Barnes: Poppy Pritchett
- Fred: Eddie Page/Bill Austin
- Sir Robert Morton: Mark Adams
- Producer: Shirley Bolstad
- Assistant Producer: Lindsay Austin
- Director: Roland Branford Gomez
- Assistant director: Eddie Page
- Co-Stage Managers: Mary Ayala-Bush & Marg Soroos
- Set Design & Technical Director: Scott Obenchain
- Set Construction: Stuart Travis
- Assisted by: Sam Schrage, Bill Austin & Scott Obenchain
- Set Painting: Mary Hutzler
- Assisted by: Bobbir Herbst & Marg Soroos
- Properties: Judy Kee
- Assisted by: Jayn Rife
- Sound Design: Alan Wray
- Sound Technician: Anna Hawkins
- Lighting Design: Scott Obenchain
- Master Electrician: Elizabeth Herbst
- Costume: Barbara Helsing & Pat Taylor
- Assisted by: Mary Fettes
- Usher Coordinator: Peggy Bedwell
- Program: Leighann Behrens
- Publicity: Bobboe Herbst and Rachael Hubbard
- Photography: C. Evans Kirk
- Tickets: Bob and Marilyn Berry and Bailey Center
- Opening night Party: Ronnie Hardcastle and Benny Robles
- Double Tech Dinner: Roseinas
- Refreshment Chairmen: Lindsay and Bill Austin
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.