SENIOR COMPANY FALL PLAY 2019
THE EMPRESS OF THE MOON
written by Rosa Palmeri, inspired by Aphra Behn
Ages 13-19 Tuition $450
This program holds auditions Sunday, June 2nd 2019
Watch here for more information coming soon!
Our 2019 senior fall play is a return of our beloved TRAVELLING COMMEDIA TROUPE. A tradition that dates back to 16th century Italian street theatre, Commedia has influenced everything from Shakespeare to sit-coms. In addition to learning the elements that make for great comedy (starts and stops, internal motor, physicality, improvisation), students develop the adaptability and resiliency necessary for bringing any performance to life. Beginning with only the rough outline of a script, participants work together to write, block, and develop a show that is then performed on the NEYT mainstage as well as in various schools and venues in our region. Acting as their own crew, students participate in the design of their costumes, props, and mobile sets - and take responsibility for them while on tour. The Travelling Commedia program cultivates artistic self-sufficiency and independent thinking, empowering participants to feel that they can create theatre anywhere with anything.
REHEARSALS BEGIN August 26th
Friday, October 4th 7pm
Saturday, October 5th 2pm & 7pm
Friday, October 11th 7pm
Saturday, October 12th 2pm & 7pm
TOUR DATES to be confirmed and restricted to the week of October 7th
SUMMARY OF THE PLAY
Dr. Luanella, the matriarch of a large household, rich from generations in the shipping industry, has just retired to devote all of her time (and much of her large fortune) to reaching the Moon, there to commune with the high-beings she is convinced inhabit its craters. Meanwhile, her daughter is desperately in love, her servants are working overtime, and her investors are getting antsy as she once again fails to launch herself into space. Dr. Luanella manages to ignore it all, dead-set on her lunar expedition: she denies her daughters suitor, convinced that there's a "man on the moon" who is waiting to wed dear Isabella, she refuses to pay her servants, promising them various plots of land on adjacent planets, and she keeps the investors at bay with new scientific discoveries and explanations that account for her failures. Finally, her family and servants team up to trick Luanella and the investors move on to a different project. The tides turn and the lunacy ends.