The Show That Survived


By: Mason Cheney, Interactive Editor

To say that Cy-Fair’s most recent play, The Last Day of School, was delayed is the understatement of the year. The show’s production was postponed to January by everyone’s favorite hurricane Harvey, and the last two days of rehearsal were interrupted by Houston’s first ice storm in a decade. The show must go on, though, and it’s time to see how the show went on.

The Last Day of School has a wordy summary, to say the least. It’s very messy on paper, and if you don’t want to read it, skip to the bolded sentence to get to the critical part of this critique. The play follows the events of eight different (and usually separate) class periods during the last day of school. Periodically, the school announcer, Bethany, cuts in to provide a consistent narrative and fill in blanks between stories. The first period revolves around two kids named Dave and Brian who spend their time talking about how Dave always gets cold feet before asking out the girl he likes. The second period focuses on a student named Jared getting sent to the principal’s office and meeting Kassia, who he then asks out. Third period is about somebody named Gordy who is prevented from climbing a rope by Emmie. Fourth period is centered on Tom and April breaking up after they get ready to go to separate colleges. The lunch period puts Gary Anderson in the spotlight as he calls out a popular girl named Katie Buckman. Sixth period shows two students named Justine and Luke, who discuss why they haven’t tried to date after years of friendship. The final period shows two students, Nina and Madison, one of which gets asked out by Aiden. The final scene of the show focuses once more on Bethany as her ex-boyfriend, Avery, explains himself over the PA system.

Something one should notice about that summary is the amount of characters introduced. The only recurring character is Bethany, which means that there are no truly central roles. This makes the play very difficult to describe on paper, yet was directed in a way which makes it very clear when a change of scenery occurs. Do not let the summary overwhelm you; the stories are easy and enjoyable to follow, save for a few confusing double-casting decisions. In fact, the only thing difficult to understand are the actors. That is to say, they are hard to understand onstage. It is not impossible to understand these scenes, but it does strain the ears. The set was designed around three rotating triangles that shifted in order to portray a different scene. It was unique and innovative, yet the central triangle could have been moved slightly upstage in order to break the line onstage.

Overall, the performance was enjoyable to watch and the minor hiccups do not detract from the overall experience. In fact, most of the issues mentioned above were only the nitpicks of an eye trained to notice everything that happens on a stage. The Last Day of School was expertly directed and performed, and I would give it four out of five stars.