The Abbey Drama Department is pleased to announce the Fall play, The Servant of Two Masters. Sign-ups are on the first day of school and all are welcome. You can either be in the play as an actor or on the stage crew where you can build and paint the set as well as run the lights and sound system. The play is part of our co-curricular programs (Sports, Art, and Community Service). Students rehearse each day and present the show to the school and the local community in November. If you are interested, please come to the auditorium on the first day of school at 3:00.
Synopsis of Play
Goldoni’s eighteenth-century masterpiece is an enduring story of love, passion, and mistaken identity. Young Venetian Clarice can’t marry her lover, Silvio. She had been betrothed to Rasponi, who appears to have returned from the dead to claim her. But the Rasponi who appears is actually Beatrice, Rasponi’s sister who is in disguise as her brother and has come to Venice to find her suitor, Florinda. Complications arise when a servant greedily seeks employment with both the disguised Beatrice and Florinda and spends the rest of the play trying to serve two masters while keeping the two unaware of the other’s presence. The play is based on the Italian Renaissance theater style commedia dell’arte and reinvigorated the genre, which is so heavily drawn from carnival while bringing to it an element of realism, mishaps, mix-ups, confusions, disguises, and mistaken identity that come with the style.