Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00
The Mineola High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe 276 will present The Heiress on Nov. 22 and 23. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and suggested by the Henry James novel Washington Square, this is the emotionally charged tale of a young woman’s desperate search for the love she has been deprived of all her life.
The Heiress made its fourth appearance on Broadway last year, starring Jessica Chastain as the shy, plain young heiress, Catherine Sloper, and David Strathairn as her cold and distant father, Dr. Austin Sloper. High school seniors Rebecca B Bastos and Quinn Ginsberg will take on these rich and challenging roles.
Joining them are fellow seniors Michelle Senra (as Lavinia Penniman), Nicole Mengler (as Elizabeth Almond), Katie Barnwell (as Marian Almond) Bonnie Small (as Maria), Matt Eisen (as Arthur Townsend) and Brendan Pusey (as the footman).
Rounding out the cast are underclassmen Julianne Ortiz (as Mrs. Montgomery) and Tyler Villalona playing Morris Townsend, Catherine’s charming and handsome suitor who claims to have fallen instantly in love with Catherine, but, as her father believes, might truly have fallen for her money. Catherine’s attempt to get to the truth just might leave you breathless.
The action takes place in Dr. Sloper’s beautifully appointed parlor on Washington Square in New York City in the 1850s. The drama department has gone to great lengths to create a production that looks as rich as its setting. A gorgeous set and exquisite period costumes have been constructed so that the audience is immediately drawn into Catherine Sloper’s world and, thus, into her life.
The shows are Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre at Mineola High School. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling the Fine Arts office at (516)237-2625 or at the
door. Tickets for students are $5 with a student ID.