In And Then There Were None, directed by student Abby Bultemeier, the entire performance exceeded all expectations.
In case you missed out, every part of the show took place completely on the stage. The seats were located on the left and right side, surrounding actors giving audience members a distinct experience that they would not have seen since last year’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“This was the most stressful yet rewarding experience of my high school career,” Director Abby Bultemeier said. “The actors were really hard working and even though I yelled at them from time to time, they never got discouraged and always gave it their all.”
On top of the great stage setup, everything else about the production was great. Quinn Kirlew did a flawless execution of the mysterious, murderous bad guy who gets revealed at the end, while the other performers did a great job at leading the audience to blame their own characters for the crime instead. As a love plot slowly came to place between Shaelyn Parker and Patrick Toohey, tensions among the group began rising, making the audience honestly unsure how the show would finally end.
The acting was great, but the overall picture was just as great as well. Set changes involving movements of walls occurred in pitch black lighting, symbolic dolls would illusorily disappear, lighting was well executed, and the makeup changed over the course of the show. All of these feats were delivered by Abby Bultemeier under the supervision of Mrs. Pittner. On top of balancing nearly total independence, everything else in high school, and putting in hours of work each day, students were able to pull off an amazing piece of art.