Dark of the Moon was a powerful play, revealing dark magic and the true evil in this world. In the story John wanted to become a human because he loved the Barbara Allen. The Conjure Man turned John into a human under the condition that his lover stayed true to him for a year: if she didn’t, John would turn back into a witch and Barbara would die. After Barbara’s baby was born unhuman, she didn’t go back to church for quite some time, after she did, she was raped. In the moonlight on that day, Barbara Allen died and John turned back into a witch. John was so harsh by the end, and even kicked her dead body.
Dark of the Moon had extreme content, and the imagination of the tech theatre handled the scenes with cleverness. There were some mild distractions in the execution of the tech theatre, like timing on the lighting cues, but it didn’t take away from the overall production with a simple set and impeccable sound cues.
William Gibson played the main character, John, and he was extremely flexible as an actor. John went from being in love with Barbara, to being a protective husband, to kicking his former lover’s dead body. The audience was captivated by the on-stage chemistry of Barbara Allen, played by Mireille Hernandez, and John. The two lovers were truly in love on the stage. It was shown in the way they held each other, the way they looked at each other and the way they spoke to one another. The character Uncle Smelicue was played by Mozart Pierson, and his stage presence was remarkable, with great improvisations and a remarkable accent, he left an impression on the audience. The Dark Witch and The Fair Witch were played by Alejandra Granillo and Rebecca Rhodes. The two witches were creepy, showing the actors did a great job of executing their character.
Eastlake’s first graduating class did a great job with their show, it was a pleasure for the audience to be able to watch this cast to perform. Dark of the Moon was a remarkable play, and well definitely not be forgotten by the audience.
by Celeste Acevedo of Americas High School
“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get only with what you are expecting to give, which is everything” - Katharine Hepburn. The word “love”, is a powerful expression that is meant to be valued in every type of relationship and may either make you, or break you. It is the choice of both partners that will ultimately determine their fate and whether they can overcome any obstacle. In Eastlake’s production of “Dark of the Moon,” the power of true love is questioned when two peopl, from two different worlds join together and find what it means to put everything on the line for one another. But, when curiosity arises in the small town, both Barbara Allen (Mireille Hernandez) and John (William Gibson) will have to choose between their pasts, or their future together.
All characters that were introduced, throughout the production, were likable to the audience. Having a large cast produced a greater vision on the importance of what the overall message was. The town’s people which included some characters such as, Uncle Smelicue (Mozart Pierson), Miss Metcalf (Destinee Miller), Mr. Summey (Lenny Gruppo), provided the play with a comical side to the overall plot. Uncle Smelicue and Miss Metcalf both kept the story upbeat with their small side comments that allowed the audience to get a taste of the play’s comical side.
Although projection was off at times, their ability to keep and maintain southern accents was incredible. When certain scenes displayed the cast, as a whole, each individual bought out the best in one another.
Corresponding to the performance aspect, the set up for the production was simple yet exquisite. The opening scene, “The peak of a ridge in the Smoky Mountains”, was displayed beautifully. The lighting was wonderful and illuminated the center sculpture perfectly. Sound effects, done by Jeremey Cruz, were also a major factor to the opening scene, having John’s eagle be heard throughout the beginning and end. Costumes and makeup, done by Priscilla Juarez and Laura Fino, made the entire cast come together with their variety of styles.
Whether it is love that allows you to change, or just the thought of being someone else with someone who hardly knows you, nothing can stop you from being who you are. Sometimes, the thought of giving your all for someone is misled to the reality of what you can really provide. The production “Dark of the Moon” was a pleasurable play to see. Director Beth Leffler produced a superb play that will travel on with the rest of us. The cast and tech crew’s devotions were shown throughout every single scene. Their hard work surely paid off and produced a presentable performance.
by Vanae Maldonado of Montwood High School