This past weekend, the Coronado High School Thunder Theatre debuted their performance of Captains and Courage by Israel Horovitz. This play was different due to the setting taking place both in 1896 and in 1996 where families in Gloucester, Massachusetts are trying to make a living out of fishing. This tale highlights the importance of hard work and how even the smallest of change can make a difference.
The play opens in 1996 where Ben Cheynne (John Levick), decides to journey through a storm to go fishing with a rebellious young man named Manny (Dominic Long) and Roland, who previously lost his son fishing (Neale Smith). These three actors perfectly executed their roles, gestures and their tones, which truly brings out the sentiment of the story. The story then changes to 1896 where Harvey Cheyne (Andrew Paton) falls overboard and is rescued by Levick’s 1890’s character and is forced to work or he won’t survive the journey. Paton’s portrayal of Harvey stood out the most because he starts off as a snobby, daddy-reliant spoiled child but after getting some sort of epiphany he realizes the error of his ways he starts making a man out of himself. Throughout the play, the audience can see the parallelism seen within the story and the characters. Manny & Harvey both start off as arrogant, egotistical men but redeem themselves at the end. Roland and his doppelganger Disko Troop both have
a change of heart towards the men. Overall, amazing acting of these four fantastic men.
The setting was also fantastic. Both ships looked real. I really was enamored by the amount of detail and amount of work and effort they made into making something like a big ship come to life. Also, the simplicity but elegancy behind the waves was great. The lighting was also amazingly done. The daytime was blue and cloudy and once the night was coming it turned purple and it transitioned well. There was a minor error, of course: sometimes the sound would be really loud and would overpower the actor’s voice or for a grandiose moment it would come out really loud but they still pulled it off. Costumes perfectly both centuries style of fashion perfectly.
A heartwarming tale of redemption, the Coronado High School students really excelled in creating such a fantastic show.
by Jose Luis DeAnda of Eastwood High School
Sailors, and boats, and captains, oh my! Last night Coronado High school’s theater group performed Captains and Courage.
The play was an adaptation of the classic Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. The playwright Israel Horovitz used the original story to aid him in this adaptation of Kipling’s work. The original book was set in 1896, however, Horovitz had the brilliant idea of extending the story one hundred years to 1996. The play focuses on Ben Cheyne, a modern day fisherman trying to make a living in a changing world. This plot parallels the plot of Captains Courageous.
The overall production was great. It was a very tech oriented show with a large ensemble and talented lead actors. It was evident that all actors and technicians gave lots of their time in preparation for this production. The direction was excellent and the costumes made one feel like they were moving back and forth in time.
John Levick delivered a strong performance as Ben Cheyne. His portrayal of a New England fisherman was incredibly convincing. John Levick demonstrated great talent as he was able to embody the character and maintain a New England accent throughout the show.
The actors in the ensemble sang, laughed and convinced us that they were sailing on the high seas. Their timing was good and the transitions between scenes were smooth. These actors truly worked together as a team on stage just as an ensemble is supposed to do.
This theater group managed to transform the Capshaw Auditorium stage into a bar, a ship at sea, a small fishing boat at sea, a humble home, and a luxury liner with ease. The scenes with the large ship “The We’re Here” were some of the most impressive especially when they used a silhouette effect as a back drop. The ocean wave effect was equally impressive. Two large strips of fabric transformed in to large ocean waves as soon as they began to move and real ocean sounds were added.
The audience was even treated to the sounds of singing sailors throughout the night... “What should you do with a drunken sailor?”….
by Michele Marie DeRouen of Eastwood High School