'Some People' to help fund trip to Scotland for Boonsboro students
A group of young actors are only a few performances away from a trip to Scotland.
“Some People” will be performed by drama students from Boonsboro High School on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 27, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The proceeds of the play will help fund a trip to Scotland where the actors will perform the play.
“We are going to perform at the Festival Fringe, it’s in Edinburgh,” said Michael Bair, director and drama teacher at Boonsboro High School.
Bair said that the students will visit London for two days before heading to Edinburgh where they will have four performances.
While gearing up to perform on stage requires a lot of hard work and repetition, the biggest challenge for the drama team has been drumming up the funds to afford the trip.
“It’s been one of the hardest things that we’ve ever had to do,” Bair said. “We’ve spent the entire year raising funds ... making this trip affordable for our kids. It’s been an entire year-long pursuit.”
According to Bair, the cost for each of the 26 students expected to go on the trip is $6,059 and the drama club has already raised more than half of the total due. The goal is to “pay for every kid with no money coming out of their pocket,” Bair said.
There are also nine chaperones expected to make the trip and Bair said they would like to help them with some of the costs as well.
“We’re still not there, this show is donation only. We’re hoping we could raise the money to send the kids on the trip. We need people to understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for these kids right now. This is the best way for us to raise funds,” Bair said.
The trip is planned from July 27 to Aug. 9.
As for the production, Bair began working with the students in the middle of March.
The play, which was written by British playwright Robert Scott, is a comedy, and takes place in a rundown hotel near London.
“Everything and everyone in it is dysfunctional,” Bair explained.
The plot centers around a pair of criminals who hid a large sum of money in the form of jewels in a location before it was occupied by a hotel. When the jewel thieves get out of jail, they return to claim the loot they buried years before.
Stephanie Hilton (Jane Rivers) and Matt Medina (Carl Rivers) play the lead roles of the couple that owns the hotel.
Hilton, a senior at Boonsboro High School, described her character, “So Jane really loves the hotel. She doesn’t have any kids, so that hotel is her baby. However, she feels like her husband doesn’t put that dedication in, so she gets upset, but she loves the hotel and everything about it.”
The character of the husband was developed by Bair and Medina through one-on-one meetings.
“There were some times where I had to sit down with Mr. Bair and go through lines, and understand why he was saying these lines, and why he’d act a certain way, just developing the character. It was difficult in this show, because the show isn’t well known,” said Medina, a senior at Boonsboro High School.
“It was hard to look at reenactments, so we had to make our own Carl Rivers. It’s something that I really appreciate ... creating a character and building this guy.”
The production, although led by Bair, consisted of a lot of hard work from the students.
“One of the very unique things about my program is that everything we do is student-centered and student-designed. These productions that we do aren’t strictly my productions, that’s not my goal,” Bair said. “They (students) do construction to sewing costumes, lighting, sound theory, enunciation and projection. Every single aspect of the show is in the hands of a kid, under supervision, but they got to do their side of it.”
The students have been working six days a week on the play since March.
Medina feels a sense of pride knowing that the hard work will pay off in the form of a well-crafted and entertaining play.
“Ever since I started drama, I felt very accepted to contribute to the shows, regardless if I’m in it or not,” Medina said. “That’s the best thing about this program, that we work hard toward our main goal. It’s very rewarding when it comes to the show nights and see what we’ve created. It’s something we appreciate. ... all the hard work for it.”
Top photo: DeLyn Morgan, left, (Jack Bond) embraces Shannon Collins (Clare Jones) in a scene from Boonsboro High School’s upcoming production of “Some People.” (Photo by Colleen McGrath)