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Drama Season Begins with a Mystery
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Gibbons Drama Department describes the 2017-2018 season as its most creatively ambitious production lineup to date--a season full of opportunity, challenge and promise for the entire Gibbons community.

"And Then There Were None" is a classic murder mystery. As the first production of the 2017-2018 theater season, Gibbons Drama brought all the whodunit's twists and turns to the Mainstage theater with intrigue, suspense, and entertaining fun during its recent three-day run.

A huge fan of mysteries, drama educator Emily Sartori '11 said she chose the play to launch the drama season, "because of the challenges, both tech-wise and with character development."

Despite those challenges, she said she was impressed by how the students delved into their characters. "These characters are nothing like them...," she said. "They had to find ways to connect and relate to people and stories that are very distant from their own lives."

Tech-theater educator Karestin Harrison agreed that the play was technically challenging." Since the play was a murder mystery, we needed to create dramatic effects with the lighting, "she explained adding that "to accomplish this we ... used a lot of blue lights along with shadows during the dramatic moments of the play." 

Lighting was also important. "To create the mood with sound," she said, "we played around with the levels of sound effects, including the train horn in the beginning ... and the rain and thunder in the dramatic tense moments of Act III."

The play, which was performed September 29-October 1, will be followed by two more mainline productions, "Into the Woods," in November and "Pippin" in March. Along with the three main productions, the Drama Department also will present the Gibbons Drama Roadshow, its Drama IV original productions, and the return of the student-directed One Act Festival.

Together, those productions comprise a lineup the department describes as its most creatively ambitious production lineup to date--a season full of opportunity, challenge and promise for the entire Gibbons community.

Congratulations to all the student-actors and student-theater technicians involved in "And Then There Were None."

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