The McNicholas High School Theater Department will perform Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker for their fall performance of the 2018/2019 school year. Show time for opening night on Nov. 8 is 7 p.m. in the The Jeanne Spurlock Theatre.
The Matchmaker is a contemporary comedy that has been described as “extraordinarily original and funny” by the New York Times, as it explores the adventures of a man in search of a wife with the aid of a “matchmaker.”
The play tells the story of Horace Vandelgelder, played by senior Ben Bravard, who has spent his life working as a merchant and decides that it is time for him to have a wife, so he hires a matchmaker by the name of Dolly Levi, played by senior Ellie White. However, Dolly finds herself meddling in not only Mr. Vandeglder’s love life, but also in the lives of Irene Molloy, played by junior Brianna Taylor, and Cornelius Hackl, played by senior Mark Dill. In a twist of mistaken identities and complications, all characters involved find themselves with a match.
In contrast to last year’s drama of Radium Girls, The Matchmaker is a light-hearted, comical play and Director Teresa De Zarn said this was the this reason it was chosen. “Life isn’t all about getting the job and working for the rest of your life,” White said. “You’ve got to stop and have an adventure every now and again.”
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased during lunches or by clicking here. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. with performances on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. All performances are in The Jeanne Spurlock Theatre.
Seniors Ellie White and Ben Bravard practice their scenes to prepare for McNicholas Theater’s fall play. It opens on Nov. 8 and runs through Nov. 11.