In a digital forward nation, concentration on manners and chivalrous acts has already met its demise decades ago. However, this past weekend, Scott High School brought back the reigning era of etiquette in their performance of “Quality Street.”
“Quality Street” was originally written by J.M. Barrie, the same man who brought the boy who never grows up (Peter Pan). The play revolves around two sisters, Phoebe and Susan Throsselll, and their winding path of lies about an imaginary niece named Livvy. Phoebe having seen the man she both loved and predicted to marry off to war, begrudgingly accepts her old maid fate and takes on as headmaster at her own school run with her sister. 10 years later, Valentine Brown (the man Phoebe doted upon all those years) returns just in time for the season's parties. Not wanting the man of her dreams to consider her old and weary, Phoebe rids of her old maid's bonnet and slipping into her set aside wedding dress and takes on the personality of Livvy. Livvy, becoming the most gossiped topic on Quality Street and proclaimed most beautiful, pines after Valentine thinking he would love her in return. With a twisting plot of nearly getting caught left and right, they retire Livvy to be bedridden and too "ill" for company. Evidently, Valentine in the end has always loved Phoebe and catches on to the sisters' scheme before taking Phoebe's hand in marriage.
Dulcinea Gurley portrayed the pining Phoebe Throsselll. Gurley was very effective on the consistent back and forth between her characters of Phoebe and Livvy. Phoebe was played with a very elderly and prude contrast in comparison to the youthful and dancing-all-night Livvy and the transitions between the two were well blended.
Taking care of the sisters' home was housemaid Patty, played by Makenna Theissen. Theissen had a charming dry wit to her comedic timing. Her one-liners rolled off the tongue easily and were played off extremely well.
Despite the unfortunate events of the lighting system of Scott High School malfunctioning on opening night, the cast and crew worked wonderfully and made do with their situation. It displayed perfectly a level of professionalism throughout the drama program. A basic lighting plan was hurriedly introduced by the lighting team Jared Likens and Brianna Fryman, and it worked well into the show. There weren't any unlit spaces or distracting shadows cast on the actors faces, and overall didn't detract whatsoever from the show, but added to it.
Overall, Scott High School lightened the spirits of their audience with witty old fashioned tales of gossip, and encouraged a hefty amount of manner to follow in their performance of “Quality Street.”