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Guilderland Players to present ‘Night Watch’

Thriller is a change of pace for high school acting troupe

Eliana Rowe, playing Elaine Wheeler, and Avery Maycock, playing John Wheeler, perform during rehearsal Friday, Nov. 1. The Guilderland Players will perform “Night Watch” on November 7, 8, and 9 in the high school auditorium.

Eliana Rowe, playing Elaine Wheeler, and Avery Maycock, playing John Wheeler, perform during rehearsal Friday, Nov. 1. The Guilderland Players will perform “Night Watch” on November 7, 8, and 9 in the high school auditorium. Photo by John Purcell.

— The Guilderland Players are aiming to captivate audiences with a suspenseful thriller following a dominating husband and his seemingly mad wife.

The fall production for Guilderland High School’s drama club diverges from its typically comedic selection and turns to “Night Watch,” written by Lucille Fletcher. The story centers around a woman battling with insomnia and anxiety, said club advisor Andrew Maycock, and what she says she sees outside her window.

“It has some neat twists and turns near the end, and it is very dramatic and doesn’t really let up from beginning to end in terms of tensions and anxiety,” Maycock said. “One of the nice things about it is because of those twists and turns at the end, it kind of begs for a second viewing.”

Maycock said many of the drama club members have experience doing comedies, so he wanted to select something not quite as humorous this year. Many of the drama club members said after rehearsals on Friday, Nov. 1, they like shifting into a different direction.

“We have done comedies and it has had more of a lighter feel for the audience, but this show being a thriller is more serious in nature and that is a bit of a switch in pace,” senior Cody Ingraham said. “I think it is a good change of pace.”

Ingraham said he likes playing his character, Curtis Appleby, who provides much of the comedy relief through the play.

Sophomore Josh Kahn said having different personalities in the production adds to the depth of the story, and makes it feel more real. Several cast members also agreed the side characters stand out even more in the production because the main character, Elaine Wheeler, heavily drives the piece.

Some of the actors were new to the stage, Maycock said, so he provided them with an overview of the fundamentals before they got into character.

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