West students’ efforts shine in upcoming ‘Still Life With Iris’

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Cranston High School West will be performing their spring dramatic production “Still Life With Iris” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Alumni Auditorium on the CHSW campus. It is a production that director Nancy Vitulli believes highlights the talents of all students involved, from the cast to the crew.

“The student design and production work in the show is outstanding,” she said.

According to a press release, the play by Steven Dietz is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl’s search for the simplest of things: home.

Iris, played by Zoe Sadwin, lives with her mom, played by Mackenzie Blake, in the land of Nocturno, a magical place in which the workers make, by night, all of the things seen in the world by day. Also, in Nocturno, memories do not reside in people’s minds, but instead are kept in their coats, called “Past Coats.”

The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, played by Megan Mahoney and Sean Sova, are determined to have the best of everything on their island, and therefore, take Iris away from her home and bring her to Great Island to be their daughter. To ease the pain of this separation, they remove her Past Coat, leaving her with no memory of her home or her family. All that remains of Iris’ past is a single button from her coat.

Join the more than 65 cast and crew of “Still Life With Iris” as she journeys back to Nocturno, using her button as a clue, finding her past and her home, and joining friends long the way, Annabel Lee, a young woman from the sea played by Mikeicha Malloy and Mozart, the young composer, played by Aidan Welch.

“Still Life With Iris” is the first play for young audiences to receive the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays award and Cranston West will also be performing the show at the Rhode Island Drama Festival, which will be hosted by Cranston West March 16 and 17.

Vitulli emphasized that the show is most definitely a collaborative effort between cast and crew.

“With 15 students in the cast and over 50 additional students involved in various theater production crews, ‘Still Life with Iris’ is a collaborative effort that celebrates the diverse talents and skills required to make a production come alive on stage,” Vitulli said. “From stage lighting, sound, scenic design, props, costumes, hair and makeup, backstage crews and stage management, to the actors on stage, the students’ passion and dedication for the theater process shines through.”

Tickets to this weekend’s shows are $8 and can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the start of the show and will also be sold during student lunches this week. Friday and Saturday’s shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s show begins at 2 p.m.

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