Reviews: Comedy and charm on stage at Scott High in 'Quality Street'

Maria Hils, Highlands High School

What made “Quality Street” fantastic as a whole was the implementation of unique English accents.  Throughout the show, all of the actors refused to break character, authentically conveying early 19th century London. Uncommon for high school dramatizations, these actors were able to deliver their lines, appropriately accented in a distinctive way. No character’s accent was the same; some were high pitched and bubbly, while others were dark and condescending. Regardless, each actor made his character his own and stuck to a certain personality and mechanism, avoiding the pitfalls of copycat impersonations.

Stephanie Lutz, Colerain High School

Scott High School’s production was filled with great energy throughout the show as each cast member took on the persona of each character and adapted it to make it his or her own. The cast did not use microphones and had the exceptional ability to project and using great diction and pronunciation while also having resilient accents that transported you to 19th century England.

Gretchen Thomas, St. Ursula Academy

Scott High School set designer Ben McGuire captured the setting perfectly with the Throssell sisters’ blue and white sitting room. From the blue and white patterned seat cushions, to the door frames and window drapes, to the white carpet with a blue trimming, all fit to showcase McGuire’s skills of taking the design from script to stage.

Richard Lowenburg, School for Creative and Performing Arts

To be sure, much of the show rides on the shoulders of Gurley’s versatility. Her contrasts between the eager Phoebe, the older Phoebe, and the flirtatious guise of Livvy are nicely delivered. Though at times other actors’ British dialects seemed faulty, Gurley constantly delivered in the dialect department. Sumner’s gentlemanly and courteous Valentine complemented well, as he brought out the play’s charm.

Of course, the play would fall through without the help of Nicholas’ Miss Susan, the maid, Patty (Makenna Theissen), and a chorus of gossiping ladies and libidinous soldiers. Uptight and worried, Nicholas’s characterization lit up the stage with her lively facial expressions and antics. Theissen succeeded as Patty, through her comically contrasting deadpan-like delivery and excitable energy. The text in the play is not easy, and, despite some spells of low energy, overall the cast brought out the fun and wit through early 19th century language.

Harrison Swayne, Highlands High School

Phoebe Throssell (Dulcinea Gurley) anchored herself as a solid character with her time-appropriate accent and her projection, both on point. Her relationship with Valentine Brown (Robie Sumner) was as dynamic as it was adorable. Her doubts about the outcome were only more contrasted by Valentine’s “take whatever comes” attitude.

Susan Throssell (Bridget Nicholas) was a joy to see. Her uncompromised mix of precise facial expressions and unwavering accent was a perfect concoction of humorous genius. Many found themselves laughing at her even when there was action on the other side of the stage.

Lain Applebee, Purcell Marian High School

Dulcinea Gurley stars as Phoebe Throsselll, and her high energy, great projection and excellent expressions helped the show over any of the few bumps it encountered. Robie Sumner co-starred as Valentine Brown; not only did he skillfully portray the courtesy expected of men in that time period, but he also did a great job of projecting his emotions.

Taylor Goetz, Samantha Ford and Jacqueline Auman all portrayed the nosy women of Quality Street. They did an excellent job with their emotions and feelings, and were also very funny. Ivan Cornelius portrayed Ensign Blades, who had a hilarious running gag of being in love with Phoebe's "niece."

Cole Hankins, Loveland High School

One of this production’s true delights was the comedic brilliance of Susan Throssell, played by Bridget Nicholas. From the very beginning, Nicholas’ infallible comedy was fully on display, complete with unforgettable facial expressions and stunning comedic delivery. Notably, with Nicholas’ character, there never seemed to be a dull moment on stage. All of this contributed to a truly phenomenal performance turned in by the ever-amusing Nicholas. The lead roles of Phoebe Throssell (Dulcinea Gurley) and Valentine Brown (Robie Sumner) were also engaging, each having their own particular moments of comedy throughout the show.

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