WHHS Theatre Workshop to perform “Plaza Suite” this weekend
WHHS Theatre Workshop to perform “Plaza Suite” this weekend
Posted on 11/17/2015
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WEST HAVEN, Nov. 16, 2015 — The West Haven High School Theatre Workshop will present its fall production Friday and Saturday and, in a way, will be treating audiences to three miniature plays all wrapped into one show.

The cast is starring in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which tells three separate stories of different guests occupying suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The WHHS version deviates from the original piece by placing each story in a different decade and by using more actors, so as to give more students an opportunity to be on stage, according to WHHS Theatre Workshop director Margi Maher.

Both shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

This year’s choice is definitely of the more lighthearted variety, when compared to last fall’s “Laramie Project” performance.

“We wanted to have fun with costumes decade-wise and were looking for something that was more of a comedy,” Maher said. “Hopefully people will come out to support our students, especially if they love Neil Simon.”

The act set in the 1950s shares the story of a husband and wife who return to suite 719 for an anniversary, as that’s where they spent their honeymoon. But the wife suspects her husband of having an affair with a secretary.

In the 1960s scenes, a woman is visiting a Hollywood star at the hotel, and in the 1970s act—which boasts the frilliest, most over-the-top and most colorful costumes of the entire play—a bride locks herself in the suite’s bathroom on her wedding day as her parents and groom plead with her to come out.

“I hope it’s as much fun to watch as it is to perform,” said WHHS senior Susannah Beyl, who plays the mother of the bride in the 1970s act. “It’s fun to play something so ridiculous. The characters are very exaggerated.”

Student-actor JJ Brentson noted that while there are some tense moments in the scenes, each ends with a twist that should make the audience laugh and has a greater meaning.

The play features 11 student-actors and received help from about 20 people behind the scenes. The crew this year is being overseen by stage manager Brianna Hacket.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from WHHS Theatre Workshop members for $8 or at the door on Friday and Saturday for $10. Tickets for college and high school students with IDs are $5 each.

Contact: Communications Director Susan Misur, 203-937-4300 X7114; susan.misur@whschools.org