Cast all in for ‘All My Sons’

tporter@lsjournal.comFebruary 28, 2014 

The last few weeks have been quite an adventure for the cast of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.”

The play, which begins at 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 28) at Lee’s Summit North High School, is based upon the true story of an Ohio-based aeronautical company that conspired with army inspection officers from in 1941-43 to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use.

The production also runs at 7 p.m. March 1 and at 2 p.m. March 2.

Just making it to tonight’s premiere proved to be a daunting task for cast and crew due to canceled classes and activities and an illness to its director.

“It’s kind of been a struggle because we had a whole week of snow days and our director has been sick and been in the hospital,,” said senior Amelia Brewster, who portrays Lydia Lubey in the play. Lydia is described in the play as “a model of peaceful domesticity and lends a much-needed cheerful air.”

Brewster is much like Lydia in that regard while discussing the setbacks faced during pre-production.

“But, this is a really good cast so we can get ourselves going and rehearse by ourselves. That’s been something that has really kept us going. Our cast has been really strong and we’ve held it together.”

Kenton Burgess serves as the production’s assistant director to North theater director Shayne Daniel. Burgess was forced to step up to the plate due to Daniel fallen ill leading up to opening night.

The Lee’s Summit North senior said he and his cast mates took the extra duties all in stride in Daniel’s absence.

“It’s been kind of stressful and a little aggravating,” Burgess said. “But, slowly and surely it’s been getting better. We lost a week of repetition. We’ve just been running through it to catch up. Everyday we have just been running through it.”

Daniel said he was pleased to see that his theater students took it upon themselves to handle the adversity that was thrown their way by the weather and later by his absence.

He added tonight’s debut is all about the now, not what has happened to get to this point.

“The week off, we were far enough ahead with the set build and rehearsals s that it really didn’t hurt us too much,” Daniel said. “Obviously, it makes us a little nervous, but they pulled it all together nicely.

“I missed an entire week because I was out ill, but Kenton has done an amazing job. He’s kept the show moving. When I came back they were right on schedule. I’m proud that I’ve trained these kids to where they can – even without me – still get done what needs to get done.”

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