'Small Town Haunting' big time success 0
Strong performances, intricate costumes and a great script meant an exciting experience for Bancroft theatre fans.
On Friday evening the Bancroft Public Library's Legendary Players performed their production of local playwright/director Tracy Musclow's play "Breaking Bancroft: A Small Town Haunting."
The audience arrived early, eagerly anticipating the presentation three years in the making.
"All aspects of the performance were very special and unique and I treasure that I was part of the play," said Pat Lavoy, director and editor of the production.
All the performers worked very well together, effectively portraying what it is like dealing with the doldrums of adolescent life in a town where the only escape from boredom is fleeing to escape into the dark wildness of the forest that surrounds them.
Kelsey Dillabough gave a wonderfully passionate performance in her portrayal of the main character Dametree. Her acting abilities demanded attention and inspired more than a few laughs from the audience throughout the evening.
Playing the role of Victoria, Taylor McConnell also put forth a very convincing and descriptive performance.
Other notable mentions go out to Joseph Stein and Rhea Saylor who played the other main characters, Charles and Grace. The two performed an excellently choreographed dance scene clouded in fog and haunted by a coven of dancing demons played by Chelsea Edwards, Maddy Saylor, Jonas Hill, and Ria Shah.
When asked what she had learned from her experience of working with this theatre troupe Musclow said proudly, "if there is anything I have learned in the three years I have worked with these kids that have now become teenagers it is that the youth of North Hastings is well worth investing in. All of the actors are extremely talented, and have very bright futures."
Musclow's hard work and talent was apparent throughout the entire production, shining through in the fine details adorning the costumes she also designed and created.
Dressed as angels, Annika and Seanna Dale beautifully danced the demons away in the most ornate pieces of the wardrobe.
Bancroft Public Library's CEO Vanessa Holm shared nothing but praise for Musclow's exceptional contribution to the library's programming as a volunteer.
"I cannot say enough about how talented and creative Tracy is, and how wonderful of a job she does with the youth in this community," Holm said. "She is an inspiration."
Asked whether there was going to be another episode in the saga Musclow exclaimed, "This is the final chapter in the trilogy, so now I go back to just being mum."