One Act Play “A Trip to the Moon” Heads to Regionals
March 23, 2023
The cast and crew of “A Trip to the Moon.” Photo credit: Melissa Thaxton
Last weekend, TA’s drama program presented “A Trip to the Moon” to an enthusiastic audience in the Martha Jane Rich Theater. The one-act play by Tracy Wells explores the transformative summer of 1969, and “tells the story of people reaching for their dreams … dreams of love, dreams of equality, dreams of the stars.” The vignette-style play is set around the time of the moon landing and uses “humor and heart to teach us about who we once were, reflect on who we could be, and remind us that to achieve the impossible, we must reach for the stars.” (www.dramaticpublishing.com)
TA’s production was directed by junior Acadia Cook, and featured cast members Piper Leibon, Ramona Spelman, Abby Dixon, Maddy Thaxton, Jillian Fein, Mary Bosco, Grace Brown, and Finn Liland. Through eight vignette-style scenes named for iconic songs of the era – think “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Stones and “Come Together” from the Beatles – the actors told poignant, funny, and provocative stories of life in a defining time for America.
This Saturday, March 25, the cast and crew (stage manager Ceci Luce, lighting designer Hugo Billiau, sound designer Shisi Dai, and costume and set designer Acadia Cook) will take the show on the road to Vermont’s Regional Drama Festival at Williamstown High School. The top schools in each of the four regional festivals will advance to the Vermont State Drama Festival held in April at Otter Valley High School, and the top school from the state festival will perform at the New England Drama Festival in Camden, Maine. The Vermont State Drama Festival is sponsored by the Vermont Principals Association and the Vermont Drama Council.
From all of us at TA: congratulations to the cast and crew for an outstanding opening weekend and good luck at the festival!