The fall show Walk Two Moons debuts this weekend, with showings to exclusive audiences on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The audiences are limited to family and close friends of the cast in order to maintain social distancing in the Robinson Auditorium. Click here for a cast list. Read More.
Walk Two Moons by Tom Arvetis is based on the book of the same name by Sharon Creech. The title refers to the Native American saying, “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” The play delves into the memories of 13-year-old Sal as she tells the story of the disappearance of her best friend Phoebe’s mother, with the characters exploring conspiracy theories, painful realities, and light-hearted moments.
Despite the restrictions, the cast members say they are excited about and grateful for the opportunity to perform, especially after having had the second weekend of the spring musical canceled in March.
Senior Rosie Kempf, who portrays Salamanca ‘Sal’ Hiddle, the play’s narrator, said she is not taking the chance to be on stage again for granted.
“I’m just looking forward to being able to perform while we still have the chance,” Rosie said.
She said she is enjoying her role because she gets to portray someone with a greater imagination than her own. She primarily relates to the character through Sal’s close relationships with her family and friends and likes that the character overcomes a difficult childhood by using her experience to help her friend go through a rough patch.
“It’s made her tough,” Rosie said.
For senior Mara Holifield, who plays Phoebe Winterbottom, her role is meaningful because it closely relates to her real life.
“I get to be best friends with my real best friend,” Mara said.
Senior Victor Beeler, who plays Phoebe’s father, Mr. Winterbottom, as well as the Sheriff, said he likes his role as Phoebe’s father, even though it’s a more serious role than ones he has played in the past. His character has “a lot of intense moments” as he tries to deal with various crises, so Victor has to imagine himself as an adult and how he himself would handle those situations.
Senior Kieran Kelly also plays two roles, both very different. Mr. Birkway is Sal’s energetic English teacher, while John Hiddle is Sal’s dad, who is dealing with the death of his wife. In the fast-paced show, there isn’t much time between his characters’ appearances, so he needs to get into each one without much lead time.
“They’re both two extremes, and I have to figure out how to switch between them quickly,” Kieran said. “I try to picture what’s going on in the heads of both characters and figure out their place in the story and apply that.
Overall, the cast is enjoying this time preparing for the show and spending time together.
“I’m looking forward to just being able to be with my friends on stage, to meet some juniors I didn’t get to be in shows with last year, and having fun time in theater,” Kieran said.
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