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Spring Play Debuts 4/25
Spring Play Debuts 4/25

Get ready to laugh, a lot.

The spring play, A Trio of Comedies, is three one-act plays. Isabella Hernandez directs So You Wanna Be a Cheerleader, Kelly Mansour directs Dinner With The McGuffins, and Lauren Arnott directs An Absolutely True Story (as told by a Bunch of Lying Liars). Every student in Ursuline's Advanced Theatre Class is involved in the production, including staging, set, and costuming responsibilities.

The entire audience will be seated on the UCPA stage during the special performances. Adult tickets are $10, and student tickets are $5. Purchase online.

Each play is a different type of comedy. Ursuline caught up with each director.

So You Wanna to Be a Cheerleader by MG Davidson
Directed by Isabella Hernandez

"This one is slapstick comedy. All of it happens in a high school. The jokes are obvious and traditional. I listen to a lot of comedians, including Hasan Minhaj and John Mulaney.

Director highlight: "The way we've done rehearsal is completely based on what we've seen here in every production we've been involved in at Ursuline. It's challenged me more than I thought. I have the biggest cast with 14."

Dinner With The McGuffins by Chris Sheppard and Jeff Grove
Directed by Kelly Mansour

"The comedy is less obvious. McGuffin is an Alfred Hitchcock movie technique. Something happens to the characters. It doesn't seem like a big deal when it happens, but it ends up driving the plot. It's darker but still very much a comedy."

Director highlight: "This has been fun and difficult at the same time. The actors are all our friends, but they'll often ask questions you're not necessarily prepared to answer. The audition process is really intense. It's fun to see the interpretations. Each director is a senior, and this is our last hurrah."

An Absolutely True Story (as told by a Bunch of Lying Liars) by Ian McWethy
Directed by Lauren Arnott

"It's more slapstick, but a bizarre humor. It's crazy from start to finish. A vase breaks, and the parents are trying to find out how the vase broke. The set is spilt into a memory space and a now space."

Director highlight: "Directing this was my favorite thing with Ursuline Theatre. The way the show runs relies on us. There's pressure, but it's really fun. I can make the decisions about it. I was also very proud of Mary Poppins."

Congrats to the cast and crew for their hard work!

Class of 2019
  • Lauren Arnott
  • Tamara Baumann
  • Alyssa Dean
  • Olivia Engro
  • Isabella Hernandez
  • Mary Beth Kemp
  • Emily Land
  • Cayli Lucia
  • Kelly Mansour
  • Kiera Mullany
  • Emma Riley

Class of 2020

  • Madeleine Crew
  • Abigail Hess
  • Ainsley Koch
  • Marissa Ovenshire

Class of 2021

  • Edie Boyter
  • Samantha Hernandez
  • Carolina Joseph
  • Jordan Migis
  • Annabella Ritter-Pleitez
  • Zoe Rodriguez
  • Olivia Sikes
  • Almu Vinals
  • Marlene Weis

Class of 2022

  • Sarah Jarvis
  • Carlisle Myers
  • Michelle Perkins
  • Natalie Ro
  • Peyton Roberts
  • Olivia Russell
  • Shelby Sawyer
  • Giselle Sethi

Performance Dates:
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.