The 1212 play presents a return of Wicked Sketchy, an original production made up of 14 sketches, written and performed by students. For this production, Wicked Sketchy veteran Lyndsey Mugford (I) took on lead writing and directorial roles in this collaborative project. Stage manager Evan Jenness (I) will be running the light and sound cues.
The 20-student cast pitched ideas to each other and wrote draft skits in small groups, eventually choosing the final ones, which each student had a hand in editing. “These students come from all four grades, and the process’s collaborative nature really means that everybody gets to have a hand in the final product,” says Lyndsey. Performing arts faculty member Peter Parisi is directing.
The Spring Play stages The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens. In the story, 15-year-old Christopher, played by Ben Simpson (III), is a mathematics whiz with some awkward behavior problems. He discovers a neighbor’s dog murdered and sets off to figure out the mystery. Other lead roles are played by Jace Fuller (III), Anna Holtschlag (II), and Katerina Varsamis (II).
Performances of Wicked Sketchy begin in Wigg Hall on Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens in King Theatre on Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., with shows on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
On a quintessential spring afternoon, the ultimate disc team warms up on Headmaster’s Field. White discs shoot back and forth as the players practice passing and wait for the arrival of their opponent. In the second year as an official intramural co-ed team, the majority of team members are new players. Coaches Martin McDermott and John Lee say Milton’s program is young compared to some of the more established school programs, but the students are having fun learning the game and improving with each practice and game.
Alexander Shih (I) is the captain and one of two seasoned returning players. “ I like playing ultimate frisbee because the whole sport is based around good sportsmanship and honesty, something called the ‘spirit of the game.’ It is the only sport I know of that is self-refereed. This is a testament to the honest and friendly people that play the game.”
Developed in the late 1960s, ultimate disc is similar to soccer with the goal of moving the disc down the field, in the air, then into the end zones to score a point. The opponent can intercept or knock it down to stop the progression. The first team to reach 15 points wins. In practices, teams work on their offensive and defensive strategies and this is the area that Milton is focused on improving. Milton competes against a couple of ISL teams as well as public high schools from surrounding towns.
“Most of the teams we are playing against will play us again later in the season,” says Alexander. “I am confident that we will show improvement from the beginning of the year. Everyone on the team is open to learning and working hard to become more well-versed in the strategies that we use in games. The biggest reason why I enjoy playing on our team is because no matter how we are doing, everyone keeps a light attitude and we have fun. But at the same time, we are doing our best to improve.”
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