Sunday, March 1, 2009

First-Time Actors Find Their Places On Stage


By Michelle Tabler

Under the hot stage lights of the Wesley E. Kennedy Performing Arts Center at MHS, sophomores Leah Guercio and Dani Main will debut their acting career in this year’s one act play, Sam Shepard’s “Savage/Love,” on Friday, February 27, and later on March 11 at 7:00 p.m.

The cast, led by director Josh Livingston, will later perform the play, a set of poetic monologues about the deep emotion of love, at the festival on March 6 and 7 in Class A against Noble, Westbrook, and Massabesic.

Guercio, who wanted to try acting, said, “I really can’t sing, so I went out for the one act.”

“It was a three line audition, yet I was so nervous,” comments Main on trying out for the play.

Impressed with their acting, despite the girls’ anxiety, Josh Livingston gave Main and Guercio roles in the play, allowing for new experiences, including memorizing lines and meeting new people.

“It’s a great group of people—they’re funny and charismatic,” stated Guercio.

Heading the cast is Josh Livingston, an English teacher at MHS. This is his ninth year doing the one act play at Marshwood High School. He previously directed two others at Memorial High School in East Sullivan, Maine, giving him prized experience. Livingston “enjoyed working with the new actors” this year and is “looking forward to their experiences at the regional festival.”

“I enjoy working with Mr. Livingston. He knows what he’s doing, which makes yourself comfortable and able to open up, which makes it easier to work,” Main said.

Other cast members include Than Jones, Adam Hosack, Chelsea Martel, Nura Walters, and Sam Parady, who all have done other MHS plays. Veteran to the one act, Parady enjoys acting, but finds it sometimes to be challenging, even in his fourth year of doing the one act.

“The hardest part is being normal on stage,” Parady says, trying to describe the transition an actor takes to get into character.

Guercio, having enjoyed her time being in the one act with the cast and crew, says, “I want to do the three act.”