Written by Alexandra Goidel Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School senior class performed their senior play last month, The Boarding House Reach, a comical story about a boy named Lucas Maxwell, played by Warren Estler, who rents out the rooms of his home to strangers when his parents leave on a business trip so he can make money to buy a bike.
Unknowingly, Lucas rents out the master bedroom of his house to two bank robbers named Limpy and Nora McGuire, played by Noelle Pisicano and Katie Sullivan, respectively. Everything seems to be running smoothly until Lucas’s parents arrive home early unannounced. After that, everything begins to fall apart. The robbers frame Lucas’s father for the crime and he gets thrown in jail. Lucas soon realizes that he has been housing the real robbers, and concocts a scheme to prove that his father is innocent. With help from his older sister Caroline Maxwell, played by Kit Lepanto, and his best friend Hercules, played by Dylan Smith, they get the detectives to catch the robbers and have them incriminate themselves with their own words. The story has a happy ending: Lucas gets his bike, Mr. Maxwell is proven innocent, and the family becomes stronger than ever.
What really brought the house down were the skits performed between each act. The skits allowed the students to show their creativity and humor by creating short scenarios that relate to their experiences. The “Driver’s Ed” skit was an audience favorite. Director and cast member Kevin Quinn played the infamous North Shore High School Driver’s Education instructor Mr. Zucker. In the skit, Quinn impersonated Mr. Zucker by portraying his old school teaching techniques, appearance, and speech. Many North Shore juniors and seniors related to the skit as they were students in Mr. Zucker’s class.
The production involved 95 students, many of whom had not previously participated in the performing arts program. Even though this was the first theatrical performance for many seniors, they all proved their amazing abilities through the success of the performance.
Quinn says, “This year’s senior play was a testament to the many hidden talents at North Shore. In one month, we came together not only as a grade, but as friends, to create what we will never forget.”
The senior play is one of the last opportunities that students have to bond over before graduation, and it is something that all students can have fun partaking in.
The next North Shore High School performance will be the spring musical. This year the students are performing Grease, the 1950s classic about two lovers in high school. The cast and crew are already preparing to make yet another successful performance for all to enjoy.