Pictured above: “Amanda Wingfield” played by THSS student Annabelle Queen.
Thomas Haney Secondary’s Sightlines Theatre is presenting Tennessee Williams’ highly acclaimed The Glass Menagerie.
“It is a classic of American drama – probably one of the best-known Williams’ plays of the 20th century,” said Shelley Evans, fine arts department head at THSS and artistic director of the school’s Sightlines Theatre. “It’s definitely a drama, not a comedy.”
The story is told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield, who flashes back to life growing up in St. Louis with his domineering mother Amanda and painfully shy sister, Laura.
“It’s about self-confidence and resiliency, believing in yourself and finding your own path,” said Evans.
When Evans posted the audition notice for this production – which features a cast of only four – the interest was so great among students that she ended up casting two complete sets of characters that will perform on alternating evenings. Rehearsals began after spring break. Evans says the student actors have carefully studied their lines and characterization.
“This particular play is incredibly popular with theatre-goers so there is no margin for error since many people know the text of the play,” explained Evans.
Evans and student-director Tessa Jackson have alternated working with both sets of cast members on the production.
The student-built set revolves to feature different rooms — including a fire escape – inside the apartment where Wingfield and his family grew up.
“The fire escape and Laura’s glass unicorn are two of the central metaphors of the play,” said Evans.
Performances of The Glass Menagerie take place June 1, 2, 5, and 6 at 7 p.m. at the Sightlines Theatre (23000 – 116th Ave., Maple Ridge). Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults. To make reservations call 604-463-2001, ext 58431.