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George School Drama Students Portray Lively Mix of Characters in Sabrina Fair

Monday, October 30, 2006  
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Issued: October 27, 2006

The Advanced Drama class at George School will perform Samuel Taylor's romantic comedy Sabrina Fair on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, at 8:00 p.m. in Walton Center Auditorium. The shows are free and open to the public.

George School drama teacher Maureen West, the director of the production, said that she chose the play for her students primarily because the characters embody a wide range of personalities. "I think it's an interesting piece for acting students because there's a variety of character rhythms to explore," she said. In order to prompt the class to do this exploration, Maureen assigned each student specific goals related to character, posture, and mannerisms. "I was really looking at giving them acting tasks," she said.

Set in 1950, the play takes place in Long Island, New York, at the estate of the wealthy Larrabee family. The title character, Sabrina, is the intelligent and well-educated daughter of the Larrabees' chauffeur, Fairchild. At the beginning of the play, Sabrina returns to the Larrabee estate after having spent several years working in Paris. No longer the shy girl that the Larrabees remember, the newly confident and exuberant Sabrina soon captivates both Larrabee sons, David and Linus Jr. Romantic complications ensue, and when a suitor left behind in Paris appears on the scene, Sabrina must decide which of the three men is right for her.

Lilias Brinton (a junior from Dyke, Virginia) plays Sabrina. "She's really full of life," Lilias said. Maureen commented, "I think the play is about her recognition of her own strength. I think that Sabrina is a very strong woman." Of the production, Lilias said, "All the characters are great." She added, "We have a great cast. There's a lot of energy in it."

Sabrina's father, Fairchild, is portrayed by Ken Boyle (a senior from Yardley, Pennsylvania). Describing Fairchild as "very modest and humble," Ken said, "He doesn't like to stand out at all. He likes to keep his place." Ken has worked to keep his movements onstage consistent with these character traits. "I try not to move too much," Ken explained.

Arun Blatchley (a junior from Hopewell, New Jersey) appears in the role of Linus Larrabee Sr., the family patriarch. "He's very strong-willed," Arun said. "He has a dignified way of being. Despite his small stature, he has a very commanding presence." Intending to pursue theater seriously in the future, Arun says that playing Linus Sr. has given him a good opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of a character's motivations.

Julia Vance (a senior from Morrisville, Pennsylvania) plays the character Julia Ward McKinlock, whom Maureen described as "a bohemian counterpart" to Maude, the Larrabee matriarch. "She's really sarcastic," Julia said of her character, who has chosen to pursue a career in publishing instead of raising a family.

Maureen noted that she has structured the 2006-2007 dramatic productions in order to allow each student to play one larger role and one smaller role. In the May production of Euripedes' Medea, the students who have small roles in Sabrina Fair will have larger roles, and vice versa. "I think that there's value, from the perspective of learning to act, in any size role," Maureen said.

For example, Devlin McMillan-Cashman (a senior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina) has only a few lines as a party guest in Sabrina Fair, but he will play the lead role of Creon in Medea. Due to his small role in Sabrina Fair, Devlin explained, he has spent time helping other students with their lines and working on other aspects of the production.

As with all mainstage productions at George School, costumes are by Liz Lukac, and sets are designed by Scott Hoskins and built by his Stagecraft classes.