PHS theater production set to make history

Plainville High School’s Theater Unlimited will present "A Word For Mother" March 18 and 19 at PHS’s black box theater.

This will be the first time Tim McArthur’s play is performed on stage, and the playwright reached out to the Plainville High theater group recently to talk shop.

Taking part in the virtual meeting were Theater Unlimited actresses Hailey Calder, Lily Feyerabend, Zeyana Thigpen, Janessa Freitas, Marissa Freitas and Sofia Maksymiw, along with assistant director Nikolas Diaz and advisor/faculty member TJ Riccardo.

McArthur and student cast members discussed motivation and characterization, providing a deeper insight into the play, which is an examination of family relationships.

In 2021, Theater Unlimited members, with help from other PHS students, and school staff, transformed the school’s Choral Room into a black box theater. "A Word For Mother" will be the first-ever performance there.

Black box theaters are usually home to plays or other performances requiring very basic technical arrangements, such as limited set construction. The space is versatile and easy to change, and the black backdrop can encourage the audience to focus on the actors.

"A Word For Mother" will be performed Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 at noon and 7:30 p.m. Performances are open to the public. Tickets available at the door. 


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