George School Drama Students Portray Lively Mix of Characters in Sabrina Fair
Monday, October 30, 2006
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.