FHN Drama to Perform Second Fall Play of the Year


Senior Anjolina Blackwell reads from her script in preparation for the upcoming fall play. The show, Once Upon a Pandora’s Box, written by Monica Flory, will be performed by the FHN Masque Players on Nov. 21-23. (Photo by Alayna Furch)

By Aadhi Satishkumar, North Star Reporter

After putting on a production of the play “The Lion and Mouse Stories” earlier this year, the drama club is working on the show “Once Upon a Pandora’s Box” for their second fall play. The play will be shown from Nov. 21-23.

“Usually, productions take six to eight weeks to complete,” Kim Sulzner, drama teacher and director of the play, said. “These last two have been done in three to four.”

Instead of having their traditional one fall play and one spring play, the drama club has opted for two fall plays. This was done in order to minimize expenses and save money for the spring play.

“Addams Family was really expensive,” Sulzner said. “We like to carry over a big enough balance to look into doing a musical every year and usually children’s shows bring in a lot of extra money.”

The general plot of “Once Upon a Pandora’s Box” revolves around two siblings in New York, Tabitha and Louis, played by Ashlynn Bozich and Collin Foster respectively, after opening a strange box. By opening the box, the siblings release five fairy tale villains. Together, they must figure out how to contain them.

“I feel like Sulzner knew what she was doing when she was casting,” Bozich said. “Tabitha has a really strained relationship with her mother, and I just lost my Mom, so I feel like I can really get into her.”

Auditions took place on Friday, Oct. 25. Sophomore Bryce James will play the role of Rumple, one of the five villains in the play.

“I think I am going to like this play more than ‘Lion and Mouse Stories’,” Bryce James said. “It is deeper than ‘Lion and Mouse Stories’, and I like the characters more.”