by David Berry '90, High School English and Arts Faculty
David Berry reflects on the High School Play from Fall 2020: Almost, Maine:
Over the years, as the values and traditions of this theatre program have emerged and solidified, students who spend time here have learned that they can expect to share in a number of hallmark experiences: they can expect to perform Shakespeare; they can expect to participate in the development of new and original work, and they can expect to have the opportunity to experience working with classic scripts, both old and new.
This year, Almost, Maine joins Our Town as the second play to be performed three times by Ensworth’s High School students. This is not a fact that I shy away from. Like Our Town, the play has become a part of the culture of our program. Current students inherit roles formerly inhabited by company members from years past—former students who remain household names in these halls. Likewise, those former students smile when they hear that a story that they loved is being given new life with new voices. When I think of these plays, I hear all of their voices at once.
In years such as this one, there is something comforting both in the passage of time and in the mystery that there is something eternal in the moments and the relationships that we value. Thank you for sharing this story and this moment with us.