Mountain View’s drama department will have the honor of performing the world premiere of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch tonight, January 19th, in the round.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is a children’s biography of Nathaniel Bowditch written by Jean Lee Latham, which has been adapted into a play with the help of John Newman, associate professor and director at Utah Valley University.
In an interview with some of the cast members, Mike Heaton, Nathaniel Bowditch, tells the Bruin Post how it feels to be in his first play and performing in the round.
“It's been really really fun. Nat Bowditch is a very interesting character, and it's been fascinating to read about his life. I've been able to connect with a lot of his emotions on a personal level as well. There's quite a bit we share in common, which really helps compensate for my lack of experience. Considering the fact that he's also the main character, I honestly don't think I could've gotten a better part for my first play.” Mike says.
“[Performing in the round is] a little daunting, considering the audience is literally only a few feet away from you. But to look at it positively, it really gives you a chance to connect with the audience in ways that a traditional stage doesn't offer, and even though we've only had one performance so far, I've definitely felt it.”
The round is a new way Mountain View drama is performing. The round lets the audience sit around the actors, much like the Hale Center Theatre, which lets the audience feel more engaged with the performance.
Cassie Collins, a performer who plays Nathaniel’s school teacher Mistress Watson and a cabin boy named Johnny, says “This play is very informational. It is based off a true story, and I have come to admire how Nat changed life on sea, and how the cast of this play work together. Most of the cast plays more than one character, and we do many scene changes, but we have memorized our lines, and we have made it on time when we need to be on stage. I am proud to be in this play, and act with the Drama 4 people!”
Sariah Budd, another performer plays as Lizza Bowditch, Nathaniel’s younger sister and Mr. Denny describes how it feels to perform this as the ‘world premiere’.
“I feel pretty excited because my characters are both so different that it's just so fun to really participate on a larger scale of personality. Lizza Bowditch is a very carrying, clumsy, opinionated, and smart person, while Mr Denny is a very sharp, curious, straight forward, and hardworking man. It was sort of hard for me to get the right mindset to play a male character at first, but once I figured it out, I started to have a lot of fun! I have seriously enjoyed participating in this show and I'm so very grateful for the experience! The entire cast have really worked hard to get this production where it is today, and I can't wait till the school gets to watch it, it's truly worth it”
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch has shows January 19th, Friday the 20th, Saturday the 21st, and Monday the 23rd at 7 PM. Tickets are $7 at the door. Show up, bruins!