Feb. 26 marked the opening night of the winter term main stage production, Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet). It was an overwhelming success for the cast and crew who have finally been able to see the fruits of their labors.
“I don’t think we could have had a better opening,” said Mark Harrigan, Assistant Director of Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet). “It was everything we hoped for. It all worked beautifully. Everything was crackling with energy. It was fabulous. When I went backstage to check on the actors they were all beaming, grinning ear to ear.”
“We felt so prepared to have an audience tonight. We were really excited to show everyone what we’ve been working on for so long. It went really well,” agreed Raylene Turner, who played the lead role of Constance Ledbelly.
The show, featuring a cast made up entirely of senior DART students from Brock, was a tremendous success. The small group of players fulfilled their roles perfectly, many of which included multiple personas and costume changes which demonstrated the versatility of the actors as they navigated the difficulties of the performance impressively.
“I think it was one of our best runs,” said Alexandra Li Tomulescu, who played Mercutio. “We had our dress rehearsal last night and there were a couple of little hiccups and it was a little slow, but we kneaded out all the knots tonight with our adrenaline and excitement which will continue to propel us in the rest of the shows.”
The cast considers the show’s success on the opening night as, at least in part, due to the energy the audience provided to them. The actors fed off of the enjoyment of the audience, which was evident in their presence on stage throughout the show.
“I feel like we were so ready for an audience and to have it there made the show clean,” said Katelyn Lander, who played Desdemona.
The play, which is in essence a refurbishing of Shakespeare’s plays Othello and Romeo and Juliet, was a unique experience despite based on other plays. It is the story of three worlds colliding in the most exciting and comedic way possible.
The cast used comedy masterfully. Everyone has their own unique sense of humor but Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet) manages to cover such a wide range that it would be difficult to find a person who doesn’t get a laugh out of the production.
“It will be interesting to see how each audience takes the show differently,” said Lander.
After the night of laughter and iambic pentameter came to a close, feelings towards the show were overwhelmingly positive and the cast were already gearing up for their next performance. Turner stated,
“I’m so excited. It keeps getting better and better each time we do it.”
“I can’t wait for the rest because it will only get better from here. They will continue to build, grow and I’m excited to see that,” added Harrigan.
The upcoming shows for Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet) are Mar. 4 at 11:30 a.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. as well as the final show on March. 5 at 7:30 p.m.. All of the shows will be in the Dramatic Arts theatre in the Marilyn I. Walker School and tickets are available from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Center box office. Tickets can also be purchased online at firstontariopac.ca