High School Drama Presents “Volpone”

 

Before every Drama Fest competition, Manchester-Essex students perform the play to the entire high school student body. The play must be under forty minutes as per rules of The Drama Guild. This year Manchester-Essex performs the play “Volpone”.

 

Freshman Maddison Palmer applies make up on junior Alex Buck before the Drama Club preforms in front of the student body. On Saturday, the club performed the play “Volpone” for Drama Fest. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Maddison Palmer applies make up on junior Alex Buck before the Drama Club preforms in front of the student body. On Saturday, the club performed the play “Volpone” for Drama Fest. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Chelsea Rose carefully applies make up on junior Maddie Shaw transforming her into a dog (as every actor has an animal characteristic). Rose acted a co-director along with English teacher Liz Edgerton for this year’s production. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Chelsea Rose carefully applies make up on junior Maddie Shaw transforming her into a dog (as every actor has an animal characteristic). Rose acted a co-director along with English teacher Liz Edgerton for this year’s production. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The main actors in the play loosen up five minutes before their performance to the high school. The group goes through voice exercises to warm up their vocal cords as well as breathing exercises to relax. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The main actors in the play loosen up five minutes before their performance to the high school. The group goes through voice exercises to warm up their vocal cords as well as breathing exercises to relax. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The student actors stretch before the play and get into the mind set of their character. Unlike the vocal exercise, stretching is done individually rather than in a group. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The student actors stretch before the play and get into the mind set of their character. Unlike the vocal exercise, stretching is done individually rather than in a group. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
To get rid of nerves, the student cast shares a laugh and their most difficult line to say. Senior Courtney MacDougal says, “Although there is a large amount of tension and stress before the show, the cast is always able to laugh and have fun in the end.” Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
To get rid of nerves, the student cast shares a laugh and their most difficult line to say. Senior Courtney MacDougal says, “Although there is a large amount of tension and stress before the show, the cast is always able to laugh and have fun in the end.” Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Steven Ascolillo and juniors Alex Buck and Maddie Shaw lead the rest of the cast to the stage after their warm ups and prepare to perform in front of the entire high school. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Steven Ascolillo and juniors Alex Buck and Maddie Shaw lead the rest of the cast to the stage after their warm ups and prepare to perform in front of the entire high school. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Olivia Tyler waits patiently backstage for the play to start. There are numerous students working backstage moving the set around and preparing props for the next scene. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Olivia Tyler waits patiently backstage for the play to start. There are numerous students working backstage moving the set around and preparing props for the next scene. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The cast waits behind the curtains for the play to begin after the set is constructed. In Drama Fest, each school has a time limit of five minutes to construct and deconstruct their set. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The cast waits behind the curtains for the play to begin after the set is constructed. In Drama Fest, each school has a time limit of five minutes to construct and deconstruct their set. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant principal Paul Murphy introduces Drama director Liz Edgerton, and two Drama members, junior Chelsea Rose and senior Devon Musgrave-Johnson. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant principal Paul Murphy introduces Drama director Liz Edgerton, and two Drama members, junior Chelsea Rose and senior Devon Musgrave-Johnson. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drama director Liz Edgerton, and Drama members, Devon Musgrave-Johnson and Chelsea Rose introduced the play, “Volpone” to the audience before the cast began performing. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drama director Liz Edgerton, and Drama members, Devon Musgrave-Johnson and Chelsea Rose introduced the play, “Volpone” to the audience before the cast began performing. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors spell out the word Volpone using just their arms and bodies. Volpone is a comedy play written by Ben Jonson and first produced in 1605. The play is about a rich Italian business man, Volpone, who pretends to be dying in order to receive gifts from his sycophants. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors spell out the word Volpone using just their arms and bodies. Volpone is a comedy play written by Ben Jonson and first produced in 1605. The play is about a rich Italian business man, Volpone, who pretends to be dying in order to receive gifts from his sycophants. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bella Schmidt, “Mosca”, and AJ Ruhda, “Corvina” interact in the front of the stage as Alex Buck, “Volpone” pretends to be on his death bed in the background. “Mosca” in the play is “Volpone’s” servant and is meant to represent a fly’s personality. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bella Schmidt, “Mosca”, and AJ Rhuda, “Corvina” interact in the front of the stage as Alex Buck, “Volpone” pretends to be on his death bed in the background. “Mosca” in the play is “Volpone’s” servant and is meant to represent a fly’s personality. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
“Volpone” has one of the simplest and minimalistic sets ever used by the Drama department here at Manchester-Essex High School. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
“Volpone” has one of the simplest and minimalistic sets ever used by the Drama department here at Manchester-Essex High School. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors Steven Ascolillo, Nick Bartlett, and Courtney MacDougal pose at the left of the stage. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors Steven Ascolillo, Nick Bartlett, and Courtney MacDougal pose at the left of the stage. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior MacDougal and freshman Ruhda interact at center stage. In this scene AJ Ruhda “Corvino” is telling Courtney MacDougal “Columba” that she must nurse Alex Buck “Volpone” back to health.  Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior MacDougal and freshman Ruhda interact at center stage. In this scene AJ Ruhda “Corvino” is telling Courtney MacDougal “Columba” that she must nurse Alex Buck “Volpone” back to health. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Senior, Steven Ascolillo, Junior Alex Buck, and Sophomore Bella Schmidt preform the first scene in “Volpone”. Other cast members are frozen in time on the stage when not acting and cannot move a muscle. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior, Steven Ascolillo, Junior Alex Buck, and Sophomore Bella Schmidt preform the first scene in “Volpone”. Other cast members are frozen in time on the stage when not acting and cannot move a muscle. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors MacDougal and Ruhda interacting as Steven Ascolilo, Nick Bartlett, and Alex Buck pose in the background. Manchester Essex has made it to the semi-finals, and are now hoping for a win to move on to the finals. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors MacDougal and Rhuda interacting as Steven Ascolilo, Nick Bartlett, and Alex Buck pose in the background. Manchester Essex has made it to the semi-finals, and are now hoping for a win to move on to the finals. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Every year the drama department performs the play they plan of performing at Drama Fest to the Manchester Essex High School student body and faculty before performing at Drama Fest. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Every year the drama department performs the play they plan of performing at Drama Fest to the Manchester Essex High School student body and faculty before performing at Drama Fest. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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