Author: tamdramacte

Hay Fever

Hay Fever

By Noel Coward, Directed by Susan Brashear

Playing December 4-8, 2018

Sir Noel Coward, our playwright, was born in 1899 near London to a firmly lower middle class family; pretty humble beginnings for a man who become celebrated as the most sophisticated personality around up until his death in 1973 at his paradise home in Jamaica. The start of his career began on the stage at the young age of 12 years old. His talent was evident, but no one could have predicted he’d become the most produced playwright of his era. He wrote both comedies and dramas that were performed in both London and New York to great acclaim. He was also a composer, lyricist and later in his life, a one man cabaret show. He was the natural heir of “comedy of manners” plays that specialized in clever dialogue, drawing room situations that spin into farce, like Oscar Wilde and Richard Brindsley Sheridan. He was also in a number of films, most notably David Lean’s WW2 film, In Which We Serve, and a collaborator as writer, producer, film scorer and actor.

   Hay Fever was a very early effort at comedy that premiered in 1924, shortly after Noel Coward first visited New York. He was a frequent and favorite guest at the home of a celebrated actress, Lorette Taylor, and her husband writer, Hartley Manners.  Known for their love of parlor games and their passion as players, Coward was fascinated by their antics. In Hay Fever, he transported the setting to England, the charming country home of the “Bliss” family in rural Cookham. Their diverse guests arrive one by one from London during the first act as the audience is introduced to the quick wit and verbal repartee that Coward is famous for. In Act 2 and Act 3, the style shifts into farce and high comedy as the guests have no idea what is truth and what is invention… “Is this a game?” The answer is “Yes”. And it’s a wicked one!

   The pleasure has been all mine working on this one. Many thanks to the bravery of the actors to give it their all, the passionate design team in creating the world of 1928 and the hardworking stage managers and crew who make it happen. Special thanks to Alex Meislich who started with us as a very memorable Simon but had to drop out in mid-November. Stage Manager Elijah Yerington had big shoes to fill when he stepped into the part with short notice. In spite of all the ups and downs, we present this little jewel, Hay Fever, as the perfect antidote to holiday stress and news blues. Kick back and enjoy!

Our Town

Our Town

Welcome to CTE’s production of Our Town. This play was written by Thorton Wilder in 1937, and earned him the title of “radical playwright” when it premiered in 1938. It challenged normal play format and content in a way that had not been seen before in the theatrical mainstream and turned the theatre world on its ear. Wilder wanted no scenery, that time in the play wouldn’t  stay constant, that actors mime their stage business, scenes begin and end by the will of a “stage manager” who both narrates and participates in the action and characters are both living and dead (all this in a time when melodramas and light comedies were the staple fare on Broadway). Playwright Donald Margulies wrote in 2003, “Wilder exploded the accepted notions of character and story…he did for the stage what Picasso and Braque’s experiments in cubism did for painting and Joyce’s stream of consciousness did for the novel.” 

Mostly the takeaway from Our Town, now that innovation of the format is not so shocking to the modern aesthetic, is the simple and plain beauty of it. The sparseness of action and yearning for connection that the characters display at times is heartbreaking, especially when viewed through the lens of our own time. All those moments we have snapped and stored in our phones, how many of them did we live with complete authenticity and open hearts to those around us? Life moves so fast, we never know who will be there tomorrow, and savoring the everyday moments of life and our human nature is out of sync with the frenetic pace that we, and our children, are subjected to.

I grew up in Mill Valley, went to Old Mill School, Mill Valley Middle, and Tam High. I graduated from CTE when it was called ETC (Ensemble Theater Company) and was a student of Dan Caldwell, in whose theater my students are performing in tonight. These students and I have worked hard to shed habits of looking towards the future in order to truly and honestly be here with you tonight and share a story. Thanks for listening and being part of the collective history of our town.

Spring One Act Festival 2018

Spring One Act Festival 2018

May 10-12, 15-19, and 22-24 @7 PM

Don’t miss this wild variety of 20 minute plays! Directed by Advanced Drama Directing Students and acted in by first and second year students there are over thirty-six plays with over a hundred actors rotating over eleven nights. From plays written by Tam students to word for word renditions of short stories to famous classics, this one act season could not be more fun. 

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available online here, or at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Henry IV Parts 1 and 2

Henry IV Parts 1 and 2

 

April 23-27  at 7:00 pm 

William Shakespeare, directed by Julianna Rees

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available online here, or at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Government Inspector

The Government Inspector

March 13-17  at 7:00 pm 

By Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Jeffrey hatcher, and directed by Amy Winnick Stock

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Improv Comedy

Improv Comedy

February 10-12  at 7:00 pm 

Directed by Regina Saisi 

On-the-spot comedy show by an incredible ensemble! It’s a different show every night, so don’t miss it! 

The art of improv comes alive on our stage under the direction of Regina Saisi, Dean of BATS School of Improv. The cast Tamalpais High drama students have learned the skills to create new and interesting theatre each night.  The cast will take suggestions from the audience and then perform an original full-length play that night.

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Winter One Act Festival

Winter One Act Festival

January 16-20/22-27/29-31 at 7:00 pm  

Come be a part of our Winter One Act Festival! 40 plays each directed by Advanced Drama students and acted in by Freshmen and Sophomore drama students. Don’t miss it!

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

 

You Can’t Take it With You

You Can’t Take it With You

 

December 4-8  at 7:00 pm 

By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Molly Noble

Thank you for coming to see You Can’t Take It With You!

 Directed by Molly Noble, You Can’t Take It With You is a feel-good classic comedy just in time for the holiday season and a delight for both young and mature audiences.

 

Hamlet

Hamlet

 

 

November 4-8  at 7:00 pm 

By William Shakespeare, directed by Carla Spindt  

Thank you for coming to see Hamlet!

Skillfully directed by Carla Spindt, the famed story of the Prince of Denmark was reimagined to feature an all female cast of students.

Set in a dystopian future, the play follows the story of Prince Hamlet, who comes home to find that his uncle, Claudius, has taken his place on the throne and has married the Queen after the passing of his father. As if this were not distressing enough, the ghost of his father appears to him and imparts the secret that Claudius was the one who killed him. Hamlet must decide what to do when asked to properly avenge his father’s murder.