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Spring Play Opens Thursday, April 25. . .Laughs Guaranteed


This cast of this year’s Spring Play, Deadly Ernest, is gearing up to put on an exciting, one-of-a-kind show.

The play is a hilarious comedy that follows a young man named Henry Gilcrest, who is “very down on his luck.” The audience joins Henry on his journey through a job loss, heartbreak and eviction. He seeks advice from Mr. Bumps, who suggests that a man named Ernest can help him but for a fee. 

“As Henry’s luck improves, hilarity ensues when he realizes everyone he meets is named Ernest. Deadly Ernest is a fast-paced comedy with unique characters and a brilliantly clever conclusion,” said play director Mrs. Crystal Dory. 

Auditions took place over a two-day period in February with two former NDA students and other faculty members serving as judges. Students performed a 2-3 minute monologue and did group cold reads. 

The decision on whom to cast is always a challenging one, but Dory is lucky to have such a wide range of talents and students to select.  

“The decision is always a difficult one, but I am thankful to have so many talented students to choose from and work with,” said Dory. 

The cast has 15 students and about eight stage crew members. The play contains some big scene changes, so she is thankful to have an excellent backstage crew. Dory describes the cast as “incredibly talented and very funny.” 

Through the play, audience members can watch the story come alive and watch talented NDA students shine on stage. Dory describes the theatrical experience of the musical and spring play as “an almost professional level,” and the lighting, sets and special effects add to this experience. 

“Notre Dame offers an outstanding theatrical experience. Whether you’re performing, helping backstage or cheering from the audience, you’re in for an unforgettable experience,” said Dory. 

Dory did theater all four years of high school and worked at a theatrical company in downtown Milwaukee. She then had the opportunity to spend a summer in Vail, Colorado, partnering with another theater company there. 

This is Dory’s eighth year directing the spring play at NDA, and she has made some unforgettable memories over the years. 

“I have always loved being a part of the theater community.  I have enjoyed each year and each unique cast and show,” said the Spanish teacher/director.

She highly recommends coming to see the play and the hard work everyone involved has put into the show. 

“Come to the spring play prepared to be entertained and to laugh a lot.  You will not be disappointed by this fun show.  Hope to see you there!” said Dory.

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Sophomore Frannie Wied is a ballet enthusiast who is a lover of all things to do with the arts. She takes interest in social justice and exploring new cultures and locations through traveling. She has a special curiosity in marine biology and environmental affairs. She also has a passion for unbiased journalism and reporting the truth.

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    Riley GuyetteApr 18, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    Can’t wait to see it!