February 21, 2021
A student performs in Scaramouch in Naxos with a mask on.

“Seamus Lea Daugherty is quite funny as the self-deluded father, and Juniper O’Hara has a lovely delivery of Ione’s noble and love-filled sentiments. As Bacchus, Drew Stark booms with authority, and Maddy La Roche makes an engaging wheeler-dealer Scaramouch.

Ultimately, the work feels like an academic acting enterprise, lifted by pandemic-necessary creativity. But Niess has done fine work with his students, in that they consistently maintain their characters’ performance style and the commedia dell’arte vibe — with a little Monty Python and of course a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ reference (listen closely) thrown in for good measure.”

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