Chiara Mosher is this year’s director of the senior-directed play at Millbrook. Chiara has chosen The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The play stars Dennis McAndrew and Madelynn Shores and will premiere March 31 at 7:00pm. The Importance of Being Earnest is about a man named John Worthing who travels to London where he goes by the name of Ernest Worthing and is in love Gwendolen Bracknell. The play tells a funny story about false identity, misunderstandings, and what people will do for love.
Chiara grew up watching the 2002 movie version of The Importance of Being Earnest so when Mr. Griffis said it was one that she could choose, she knew she had to do it. “This was such a big part of my childhood that I wanted to see if I could do it here,” said Chiara.
Every year the senior-directed play is an optional project done by the drama club where students submit proposals to Mr. Griffis and he picks one to produce. Mr. Griffis is still involved with the play, but it is mostly student-run. Chiara said it was nice to have Mr. Griffis there for support and advice.
This is Chiara’s first directing experience. “I’ve been in drama club for years. I’ve been an actor before, but I’ve never done something like this before,” said Chiara. Practice started at the beginning of February and Chiara has just two months to get the play ready for production. Chira said, “It’s really satisfying actually to give a group of people blocking and act out what you are imagining.”
“It’s also very tough to know the right things to say,” said Chiara. The most difficult part of directing for Chiara, is the amount of responsibilities that fall on the director. She appreciates her co-director, Joey Drake, whom she can share some of these responsibilities with. “That’s probably the hardest part, making sure you have all your ducks in a row,” Chiara said.
There will be an afternoon shows at 3:00pm on Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2. “It’s going to be very funny in a very British way. It’s all in British accents. I’m excited to see it come together,” said Chiara. Please attend one of the shows to support Chiara and the Millbrook Drama club.