After several months of constant rehearsal dedicated to building props, performing lines, and memorizing monologues, Wasatch Academy’s Play Production class performed All the Great Books (Abridged).
This play was written and performed by Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin in 2005, revolving around the idea of a spoof on English class, very similar to the famous Monty Python. The seventeen actors took on multiple parts, alternating between famous literary characters such as Odysseus, Tom Joad, and Don Quixote.
Perhaps one off the most challenging scenes was given to Griffin Brown and Frankie Sobel, both well-known and respected actors in the Wasatch Academy community. Playing Don Quixote, the knight errant, and his faithful sidekick, Sancho Panza, Frankie and Griffin recited several paragraphs in Spanish while also juggling classic slapstick comedy to amuse the audience. Their exaggerated accents and antiques had the entire audience in tears by the end.
Nikki Flowers also stepped up to the plate, learning several paragraphs of mixed up poetry like: “There’s no joy in Mudville now that Casey knows the score, mighty Casey and the sunshine band, quoth the raven: Baltimore.”
The play was made largely successful by the concentrated efforts of Frank Moody, Joseph Hanks, and Corey Lawrence who all collaborated to bring the special effects, lighting and music to life.