Windsor High School’s romantic comedy stars two friends on stage and off
March 6, 2014
Anna Boyle and Josiah Schuett are friends off stage, so there was a natural chemistry on the stage when the two were named the leads in the Windsor High School theater department's spring romantic comedy.
A cast of 14 students will perform in "Figments" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the high school auditorium, 1100 Main St.
Boyle, 17, and Schuett, 17, are juniors and are performing in their first leads at the high school, although they've performed in lesser roles in the fall musicals and spring plays the past three years.
"We're friends outside of this. We just act and stay positive," Boyle said.
According to director Julie Estrada, the play is a about Rick Jacobs (Schuett) who is a playwright with a wild imagination. As he attempts to overcome a massive case of writer's block, the audience sees four figments of his imagination act out the opening scene of his next murder mystery. Estrada said they are interrupted by the arrival of his neighbor, Loni Wagner (Boyle), with whom Rick is secretly, and helplessly, in love.
"Rick conjures up doubles for himself and Loni, saying to each other the words he'd like them to exchange," Estrada said. "The source of Rick's trouble with women, his domineering mother, arrives on the scene (along with her imagined double) carrying a burial urn with Mr. Jacob's ashes inside. As Rick's thoughts bounce between his frustrating love life and his play, the real people and the figments of Rick's imagination clash riotously with the fictional characters in his play."
Boyle said she is having so much fun playing the lead role.
"There are only 14 people in this cast, and in musicals there are like 30 to 40 people," Boyle said. "We're like a really close-knit family, and I like that."
Boyle said she likes being on the stage because it gives her a good feeling, and she likes to be able to express herself and entertain people. She said the audience should expect to laugh a lot.
"It's really funny. They should expect some surprises and action," Boyle said.
Schuett said playing in a comedy has been an interesting experience.
"I think there is a lot of dry humor and puns. Jokes go by really quick, and they're spread out through the whole play," Schuett said.
Theater has been in Schuett's blood since he was a young boy.
"I've always loved acting when I was a little kid. Around sixth grade, I decided I wanted to be a film director," he said. "I make videos with my friends and put them up on YouTube."
Estrada said she wanted a spring play that was more of an ensemble piece because last year's spring play "Treasure Island" was really large.
"I didn't know that Josiah and Anna are friends outside of this and they have to kiss in this play which is a really big deal in high school," Estrada said. "They don't just kiss once. They kiss like nine times. As a director and high school teacher, it's uncomfortable to teach a kid how to kiss once let alone nine times and keep it interesting because they're not romantically involved off stage. They're friends, and they go to church together so the chemistry is there. I think their friendship inside school, outside school and at church have helped a lot."