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Stop by “Bus Stop”

This year’s fall play “Bus Stop” is double-casted making it different from the other fall plays
Haley Passarelli
The casts of the fall play rehearse in preparation for their opening nights of drama-comedy Bus Stop on November 3 and 4.

Every fall at MCHS, people gather to watch the fall play. There are lights in the audience as people file in to find their seats. The house lights go out, the stage grows brighter; the show begins.

The Fall play this year is “Bus Stop,” a story about people who get stranded in a diner because of a blizzard. It is double casted, meaning that there are two different casts for the same show.

“I double cast for a very simple reason,” said Andrew Hillier, the director of “Bus Stop.” “I had the talent and why not give as many students as possible the opportunity?”

With the double casting it brings on different hardships and challenges, like having to adjust time management to fit the different schedule.

It also has the better parts like being able to practice for the director and assistant director, so getting two opinions on how the show should run. But even with the two opinions problems can still come up.

“Difficult,” said Edward Riley Rosales who plays Carl the bus driver, when asked about working with two directors, “because a lot of people do not put their full effort. When their with the assistant director … It makes it difficult when people aren’t focusing because then it distracts people and the act we’re doing won’t progress as fast.”

While there may be some lows in the process there are always the highs in the production, like getting to know and trust castmates and crew, also just to put on the production.

“There’s a sense of trust within the cast,” said Hannah Covalt who plays Cherie, “and I think that’s really important especially for school plays… So it’s definitely a lot better to build up that sense of trust with the other actors.”

No matter what happens, the show goes on. This play is going to be on two separate weeks, Nov. 3 and Nov. 11 for the first cast, and Nov. 4 and Nov. 10 for the second cast. Tickets are $6.25 for students and seniors, and $8.25 for everyone else.

Students and parents can find links to buy tickets on posters around the school, or on the MCHS website in the events section.

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