“The Illusion” takes to the stage

Kerry Madden , Reporter

Who’s not inclined to love a good plot twist? Magic, mischievous comedy, and a multitude of love interests make for an interesting turn of events in the theatre department’s upcoming main stage production of “The Illusion.” Running Oct. 30-31, the show exudes the spirit of the Halloween season.

Adapted by playwright Tony Kushner, “The Illusion” follows a father desiring to learn about his runaway son who has been gone 15 years. Desperate, and in a last effort to accomplish this, he seeks assistance of a not so normal nature — a powerful magician. Conjurer of illusions, the magician agrees to assist the father and proceeds to show him his son’s life in a series of visions. The visions unfold and show the son’s life, full of love and rivals, in three stages. Intrigued yet?

“What I enjoy most about the show is the distinct shifts and arches each character experiences,” four-year veteran of the CPHS stage and a leading lady in “The Illusion,” senior Ayah Alomari, said.  

The cast and crew have been hard at work since the first week of school. Time well spent in rehearsal and on tech work days is critical to the show’s success. Rehearsal entails several different components, including character building activities.

“For instance, we ran the show in a whisper to exercise word emphasis and meaning,” Alomari said. “It’s strange, but the difference it makes is astronomical.”

According to Alomari, everyone should see the show.

“The show takes place in an awesome cave and there will be fog,” Alomari said. “It’s exciting and energetic; something we all need to pull us out of the school doze.”

“The Illusion” opens Oct 30 and runs to the 31 with 7 p.m. performances both days and a 2 p.m. matinee on the 31. Get your ticket at the box office the day of the show. General admission is $15.00, student price is $12.50, and senior tickets are $8.00.