Bloomfield High School Presents Fall Play: The Servant of Two Masters

BY  |  Monday, Nov 14, 2016 3:30pm


Bloomfield High School Thespian Society offers their fall play, The Servant of Two Masters, produced and directed by Brandon E. Doemling, at the Westminster Arts Center/Van Fossan Theatre, on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:00 p.m. Set design is by Ralph Turano, lighting by Nicholas Von Hagel, and costumes by Corky St. Clair. The cast includes 16 Bloomfield High School students, with 13 on the crew.

The Servant of Two Masters is a raucous comedy of mistaken identity, thwarted young love, and the miserly buffoonery of the old guard. As the servant Truffaldino lands himself in the service of two equally demanding masters, his own duality echoes his circumstances. Is he rogue or idiot? Pondering the question, we may find that he is both, or neither, but we will have some serious belly laughs along the way!

Written by Carlo Goldoni in the mid-18th century, this mid-20th century adaptation by David Turner and Paul Lapworth excellently contemporizes the grand commedia dell’arte tradition. Goldoni turned a theatre art form on its head when he added scripted dialogue to the improvisational form, stripping actors of their masks, and connecting them to the audience with the reality of their shared human foibles. This production offers Bloomfield’s young actors the opportunity to display their estimable comic chops while learning about a classic theatrical style.

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS will be performed at the Van Fossan Theatre, 467 Franklin Street (corner of Fremont and Franklin Streets), Bloomfield. Performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (November 17, 18, and 19) at 7:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the door.

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