by Amanda Long
Chadwick’s third student-written, directed, and performed show, Lost and Found, was performed on Dec. 3 and 4.
Senior director Molly Heller said, “It’s an inspirational part of the year that makes you feel like you can create an amazing production out of nothing.”
The collaborative theatre project featured 18 original scenes, songs, dances, poems, and short films. Fifty students were involved in some form of production in order to create this show. In addition, English teacher Chad Detloff acted as the faculty advisor, while also performing in the show itself.
The opening number of the show was a full-company dance choreographed by English teacher Erin Nordlund and senior Talia DeRogatis. “The opening scene poses the question the show is going to answer,” said DeRogatis. The number featured sophomore Hailey Waller as “lost,” and struggling to find herself through different parts of life that other cast members personified. These life stages included love, popularity, religion, and education. Even after testing the various opportunities, Waller still could not find herself at the end of the dance. As DeRogatis explained, the show was set to address this issue.
Senior Sarah Lindstedt and Francis McCarty, an Australian Round Square student, wrote and performed the song “8000 Miles Away.” This song was displayed as a video that was performed during a video-chat session between the two singers.
Another scene featured seniors Maddy Webster, Zoe Hamilton, Sarah Lindstedt, Ari Kassardijian, and Harrison Kidd in Molly Heller’s comedic musical number, “The Lost Dog.” Hamilton and Lindstedt played the two friends of Webster who had just lost her beloved dog. The friends told Webster to stop her unusual habits, ones that they found strange, but a popular boy, played by Kassardijian, found these habits attractive.
Senior Katie Starke wrote the satire “Lost In Translation,” which showed two teenagers caught within a conversation with translated hidden meanings. In the piece, a boy and girl would say one thing to the other, and then translate their line to what they actually meant. From communications to miscommunications to awkward pauses, the one act received big laughs.
Senior Ally Van Deuren danced in her brainchild “Pounding the Pavement,” with Chad Detloff. Van Deuren and Detloff played street performers who rhythmically hit trashcans and tap danced bare-foot. Originally, Van Deuren and Detloff performed separately, but after an impromptu competition, the two combined their musical sounds to create a dynamic duo that was more successful together.
“Bend. Break. Breathe,” was a scene submitted by an anonymous writer. Seniors Marisa Melideo and Berton (Cotter) Phinney acted in the poetic piece.
Another scene, “A Lost Life Story,” was a short documentary by Katie Hill and Lindsay Szper whose purpose was to get the audience closer to some of the people we may recognize, but may not have made an effort to get to know. The video was filled with interviews from Chadwick teachers to Starbucks baristas, all sharing their own stories.
DeRogatis choreographed and, Along with Waller, starred in the closing dance of the show. The duet was about “finding yourself through the realization that sometimes the best things come when you are lost and work your way out of it,” said DeRogatis. In the piece Waller, who was once lost, found herself. The whole company came on stage at the end of the dance to conclude the show.
Heller said the show was “more chill” than previous student-directed shows. “A couple years ago we had a really dramatic show, and last year’s show was pretty funny, but this one’s more […] hipster in a sense. It’s a lot more of a thoughtful production.”
“I thought the show was one of the better parts of my high school experience,” Heller continued, when asked about her inspirations for pursuing the project. Although Heller had been in earlier student-run productions, this one was special in its own way.
“It was super awesome,” said Starke, and DeRogatis added that it was a great experience for everyone involved.
Heller reflected on the cast, “I think it’s an incredible experience to see how committed every one of our cast and crew was and to see the spectrum of students that were involved in it.”
“At first I thought I would never want to go onstage and act and perform in front of all of those people […] but after trying something new, I think anyone who’s afraid to try it should just go ahead and take the risk.” said Roberts.