Stepping into ‘a opposite time frame’: Guerin goes behind to a ’50s for the tumble play
October 16, 2017 - Picnic Time
For a few hours, audiences can be ecstatic to a opposite time and place when Guerin College Preparatory School performs William Inge’s “Picnic.”
Performances will take place Oct. 27 and 28 during 7 p.m. in Guerin’s auditorium during 8001 W. Belmont Ave. in River Grove. Tickets are $10.
Inge’s play is set in a tiny Kansas city in a early 1950s, usually before Labor Day.
“It was cold to step into such a opposite time frame,” pronounced Paige Hudson, a Guerin senior.
Director Kristen Mackie pronounced she’s been intrigued by “Picnic” given reading it in college.
“I cruise that there are applicable themes even today,” Mackie said.
Mackie and Hudson described some of a themes in Inge’s Pulitzer-winning play.
“Worrying about your destiny — wondering if you’ve done a right choices — is something anyone can describe to,” Mackie said. “For teenagers, wondering if they’ll be viewed for who they are or how they look.”
“Just carrying a onslaught with anticipating yourself, that any teen faces,” Hudson said.
Hudson and Guerin comparison Mack Gonzalez any gifted a time when their impression was opposite from them.
For Hudson, it was personification a character, Madge Owens, who feels she needs a male in her life to be happy. For Gonzalez, it was portraying someone in his 40s who uses difference that are odd today.
“At first, it was tough to get into that mindset,” Gonzalez said.
Hudson found aspects of Madge’s celebrity she could describe to.
“I cruise it was easy to describe to her, since she has siblings that always wish a tiny bit more. For myself, we always wish a tiny bit more,” Hudson said.
Two of a characters in a play — Alan Seymour played by Rodrigo Gonzalez and Hal Carter played by Will Karkazis — strive for Madge’s adore and attention, smitten of her beauty. To Hudson, Madge’s response shows a lot about who she is.
“I like how she comes off as someone who could be unequivocally conceited, though she’s good to everyone,” Hudson said.
In a critical play that addresses some adult themes, Gonzalez pronounced he satisfied that his character, Howard Bevans, could still have fun.
“I unequivocally suffer a dancing scenes we have,” Gonzalez said. “At one point, we dance with Hal.”
In “Picnic,” Hal, a visitor to a town, changes a march of any character’s life, creation them cruise new possibilities and directions.
Both Hudson and Gonzalez names Guerin museum as a place to learn their possess new possibilities or a place to file their passion for a artistic arts. Hudson pronounced she’s been in museum her whole life.
“Going into museum here change my mind for everything, building some-more of a adore for it,” Hudson said.
In “Picnic,” Millie Owens, played by Katerina Santana, discovers her interests over a academic.
Similarly, Gonzalez pronounced that his comparison year was his initial in Guerin theater, and that Mackie speedy him to get concerned in “Picnic.”
As a football student-athlete during Guerin, Gonzalez pronounced a prolonged hours between football use and play rehearsals were eventually worthwhile.
“I did suffer this experience. It was a blast. we spent time with a lot of kids we didn’t know really well,” Gonzalez said.
Both Hudson and Gonzalez cited Mackie’s support as something that helped them continue to grow into infrequently severe roles.
Mackie says a plea — a good kind — is mutual, and a pleasure of her 32 years during Guerin.
“They plea me. we wish we plea them,” Mackie said.
From a actors on theatre to a dress and set designers that assistance channel a feel of a tiny Midwestern city in a center of a 20th century, Mackie pronounced she hopes a assembly will knowledge “Picnic” for themselves on Oct. 27 and 28.
“I wish people will come see it. A lot of bid has been put into it, not usually a kids onstage though a kids behind a scenes,” Mackie said.
Rachel K. Hindery is a freelance contributor for Pioneer Press.