playwright visits hillcrest
By isela larreinaga, senior writer & editor
Playwright John Cariani visited Hillcrest to help our Thespians rehearse for their December performance of his play "Almost Maine.” The students put on a dress rehearsal for the playwright which allowed theatrical and performance advice and character insight from Mr. Cariani.
Theatre teacher and play director Mr. Blader contacted Mr. Cariani in hope of him coming in and give advice about his play. With a surprise, Mr. Cariani agreed to come in and help the Hillcrest Thespians.
Mr. Cariani spoke about the process of the play and how it took time for him to write the play. He mentioned that “‘Almost, Maine’ was done in 2006 and it got bad reviews and it didn’t do very well.” Not every play is going to be favored by everyone and it might not be the best in their views but that’s why you continue trying. Mr. Cariani’s point was that you have to continue giving it your all because if you don’t you’ll regret it on the long road. He said, “As my work got published and noticed more, it became more popular and favored.”
Mr. Cariani took questions about the play that the students weren’t quite sure what was the meaning behind it. The students were so overwhelmed and shocked from the answers Mr. Cariani gave. He told them that one major reason for this play is to make you think something is going to happen but the total opposite happens. The emphasis on “almost” is very crucial because it emphasizes how things ALMOST happens but doesn’t really happen the way you expect it to occur.
Once Mr. Cariani spoke about his play process, he told the students he wanted to go over some lines. Mr. Cariani went over some techniques on how to better your emotions when acting and helped critiqued the movements of the actors and actresses. He occasionally stopped the students to give tips.
The Hillcrest Thespians were very happy that John Cariani took the time of his day to visit them. His visit has helped them put on three great nights of laughter, joy, tears and much more.