HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls Central School Drama Club is performing "The Game of Love and Chance" and a pre-show presentation the nights of Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.
"The Game of Love and Chance" a three-act romantic comedy written by Pierre de Marivaux. Silvia is engaged to marry Dorante, a man she has never met. She is afraid to marry him without knowing what type of man he is, and he is planning to visit her very soon to formalize the engagement. In order to observe Dorante's true personality during his visit, she asks her Mother if she can change clothes with her servant, Lisette, so that she can watch him without his knowing her identity. Thus begins a game of confused identities, miscommunication, and of course, love and chance.
The pre-show is a yet unnamed short presentation that will set the stage for the main production.
There is no admission charge for the performances and members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend.
For Drama Club co-director Brett Hanselman (HFCS class of '11) this play is a homecoming of sorts. "It's been a great opportunity for me to be able to come back and direct at the place that gave me a start as an actor." Brett graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. "It's been a great experience for me to work with a different age group of kids, and to teach them the various lessons I've learned over my four years of schooling and my personal experiences in the field.
Theatre is a wonderful art and I'm very honored to be a part of it, and to see it grow in these young adults who have been working hard, and have shown some great growth as actors!"
Drama Club co-director Gwen Youngmann said, "The Game of Love and Chance is my second show as a director. I've had a blast working on this show, both with the students, who make every practice fun and bright, and on the show itself. This is my first time directing a comedy, and it is the perfect one to start with, clever and witty, sincere and sweet. It is a classic romantic comedy from the 18th century, but still relevant and just plain fun."
"The Game of Love and Chance" cast. Understudy cast members will perform for the Saturday show
Silvia, a wealthy young woman — Jamie Danner, Understudy, Shannon Morgello
Lisette, Silvia's maid— Grace Wysocki, Understudy, Caitlyn Boyd
Madame Orgon, Silvia's mother — Sierra Funck, Understudy, Hannah Borge
Mario, Silvia's brother — Tyler Shaw, Understudy Derrick Duell
Dorante, a wealthy young man — Alex DiDonato
Harlequin, Dorante's valet — Darrell Holovach
A servant — Bryce Steller
Small show cast:
Danielle Saint Hilaire
Renee Saint Hilaire
Tiffany Saint Hilaire