Stone Bridge High School The Lord of the FliesBy Cappies • Dec 7th, 2010 • Category: Cappies
Imagine a life without rules. You are free to do whatever you want, say whatever you want, and face no real consequence for it. Such a scenario came upon a group of boys stranded on an island in The Lord of the Flies, a play based on William Golding’s novel of the same name. The director and students of Stone Bridge High School’s Running Dog Productions carried the dark plot beautifully, delving into the psychology of a society left unchecked.
The play’s central character, Ralph (Jeffrey Davis), is fair-minded but pliable boy, and leads the other children in working towards rescue. At the same time, Jack Merridew (Nick Gagliano), a boys’ choir leader, is preoccupied with the idea of hunting and vies for power with Ralph. Davis and Gagliano create a tense dynamic, one representing the corruptible good in people and the other, the inherent evil. Gagliano gave a truly crazed (and loud) performance as he led his boys into savagery, but Davis’s equally honest and intense performance resonated with the remnants of innocence and good.
None of the development of neither Davis nor Gagliano would be possible without the performance of Celia Lechtman as Piggy. She successfully crossed gender lines to be the voice of reason that could have saved them, albeit the one that none of the boys wanted to hear. She, along with Heather Reed as Simon brought weight to the piece as they became victims to human savagery.
Reed’s performance was memorable yet disturbing as Simon grew frightened and confused at dark visions. The visions and voices, which may have been less impactful if only portrayed by an actor on stage, was magnified tenfold by a truly terrifying prop and appropriate lighting. The lighting throughout the show was consistent and effective, adding contrast especially to the conversations between the different groups of boys. Walker Lesan, Taylor Brake, and Brittany Couell, who were all responsible for sound and lights, did a cohesive job of adding details of reality and drama to every scene.
Sound and lights stood out in particular whenever the Island Spirits performed as an ensemble. The choreography by Olivia Howard, Kate O’Toole, and Lizzie Fulham incorporated elements of modern dance that translated well to the tribal feeling that the island took on. The Island Spirits were a new addition to the play, and they added a literal feeling to the changes that the boys encountered. They were the energy of the island and from beginning to end, seemed to assist the boys in whatever good or bad they desired to do.
Running Dog Productions remained professional, unique, and thoroughly entertaining in their performance. It was teeming with talent and creativity and became a superb rendition of a disturbing classic.
by Estelle Gong of Dominion High School
Photos by James Squire.
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