2007-12-28 / Front Page

Card Players pull off two performances

Photos and review by John Dixon

The Cardinal Newman Card players presented an evening of entertainment December 13, 14, and 15. Each evening began with musical entertainment from members of the Cardinal Chorus and assorted Card Players. The audience was treated to

Hmauisriscparla nyumbers from , High School

Musical, Wizard of OzCinderella , and .

This year's theater director Patrick Boos

selected the play Ed Opus

(Rex), which is a parody of classic Greek tragedies and a more serious piece, William Faulkner's and

Joseph Robinette's A Rose

for Emily. Both pieces were very challenging for this troupe of young actors, which consists of a few seniors, a few experienced underclassmen, and a new crop of middle schoolers.

Ed OpTuhse ( Rcoexm) ic timing in was particularly difficult but by Friday night the actors had it all together and were jumping on each other's lines with great comic timing. Kelly Morris as Ed Opus was hysterical as he slipped in ad- libs among the scripted quips. Morgan Gerstner as Yo Yo Costa once again turned in a solid performance. Senior Tyler Carolan had a fairly small role but almost stole the show with his over the top performance. He had the audience in stitches every time he took the stage. The large chorus of cheerleaders did a great job of keeping their breaking character. Although there were some bumpy spots, the overall effect of the play hit the comic mark.

Kelly Morris as Ed Opus surrounded by cheerleaders in Ed Opus Rex     Kelly Morris as Ed Opus surrounded by cheerleaders in Ed Opus Rex The hilarious Ed

Opus (Rex) was followed by a more serious tale of betrayal. William Faulkner's and Joseph Robinette's A

Rose for Emily tells the tragic tale of a fine southern lady who falls in love with a northerner who cruelly jilts her. Breck Cronise and Zach Jones rendered solid performances in the lead roles of Emily Grierson and Homer Baron. The supporting cast of townspeople told two stories simultaneously using flashbacks.

The present day story centers on Miss Emily's great niece, Meredith Wyatt, portrayed by Crystal Mitchum who is inventorying the house after Miss Emily's death. Various townspeople have assembled to see the secrets held within the house. As they try to get into a nailed up room they retell the courtship of Miss Emily Grieirson by Homer Baron. The audience soon learns that although the smarmy Yankee took advantage of Miss Emily, it is Miss Emily who triumphed in the end for it is the remains of Homer Baron that lie behind the door.

Zach Jones and Breck Cronise played Homer Baron and Emily Grierson in A Rose for Emily.           Zach Jones and Breck Cronise played Homer Baron and Emily Grierson in A Rose for Emily. Despite the young age of this troupe, the actors did a good job with difficult material. With practice and guidance they will become seasoned players ready to tackle great works.

Morgan Gerstner and Tyler Carolan in Ed Opus Rex     Morgan Gerstner and Tyler Carolan in Ed Opus Rex Nic Smith and Lanier Smith played Dewey Nix and Elda Tate in A Rose for Emily Nic Smith and Lanier Smith played Dewey Nix and Elda Tate in A Rose for Emily Francesco Maoli, Alex Jones, and Gerardo Santana in Ed Opus Rex     Francesco Maoli, Alex Jones, and Gerardo Santana in Ed Opus Rex Townspeople Chandler Pobis, Sean Nottoli, California Torey, and Lanier Smith and Zach Jones after A Rose for Emily. Townspeople Chandler Pobis, Sean Nottoli, California Torey, and Lanier Smith and Zach Jones after A Rose for Emily.

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