Rumors Run Wild at Mountain Lakes High School

Natalie Kane ’14

Director John Giresi’s debut production at MLHS, Neil Simon’s Rumors was a hysterical hit! Since auditions in mid-September, the dedicated cast and crew worked hard to put together three fabulous performances of this funny farce on November 18, 19, and 20.

The action centers around four couples who have been invited to the home of Charley and Myra Brock for their tenth anniversary only to discover that Charley has shot himself in the earlobe and Myra appears to have left the house. As each new couple arrives, the first guests try to pretend nothing is wrong only to lead to confusing, but humorous cover-ups that kept the audience laughing all night long.

What’s a play without talented actors? Freshman Joe Sutker and sophomore Lucy Chen got the show off to a great start as the tense lawyer Ken and his panicky wife Chris, the first guests to arrive. Next to enter was sophomore Emma Bukowiecki as Claire, the comically sarcastic wife of the frantic Lenny, played by senior Sean Pollock whose zany and long winded explanation of the evening’s events at the end of the second act brought down the house. Halfway through the first act the audience met Ernie, a stoically funny analyst portrayed by sophomore Andrew Michaels, and his wacky wife Cookie, portrayed by junior Nicole Colchete. Junior AJ Freda and senior Sarah Smith played the last couple to arrive, Glenn and Cassie, who make a big entrance with a frosty argument. Rounding out the cast were senior Kristin Drabik and sophomore Robyn Clifford-Howard, who entered late in the play but were both laugh-out-loud funny as two cops coming to question the flustered guests.

Audience response to this hysterical comedy was overwhelmingly positive and the cast, crew, Assistant Director, Mrs. Meredith Boyan and new Director Giresi should be very proud of their fabulous production.

In the spring, audiences can look forward to Mr. Giresi’s second production and first musical at MLHS, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. With 20 years of directing experience and three Rising Star Awards for Best Director, Mr. Giresi looks forward to “Working with new talent and a new supportive staff in Mountain Lakes.” Mr. Giresi selected How to Succeed… because it “[has] always been one of my favorite shows from the golden age of musical theatre,” Mr. Giresi says, “It has such a smart and sophisticated script.” Although How to Succeed… does not open until March, the cast has already been announced after auditions were held early October. Formal rehearsals will begin shortly now that Rumors is finished. Be sure to mark your calendar for How to Succeed… on March 3-6, 2011. With an experienced and innovative new director and talented MLHS cast and crew, it is sure to be a phenomenal production!