Every year in the fall, the Hawthorn Upper School takes a trip to Stratford, Ontario. While it’s not a short bus trip, many students look forward to it every year and plan what they are going to wear well in advance. The students have the opportunity to explore the town when they first arrive, but the main reason for going is to take in a play of the famous Stratford Festival.
On September 24, the tradition continued and the Upper School students left early in the morning to make their way south. This year, we watched Othello, one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. The play was very enjoyable and included a variety of artistic changes that distinguished it from the original.
The costume design was intriguing because even though the original script places the action sometime between 1570 and 1573, the costumes chosen for this production were modern rather than period. This was fascinating because the director decided to use the original script- written in Shakespearean English- but combined it with a modern wardrobe and managed to make both compliment each other nicely. The acting was also very entertaining, as the actors made each scene seem so real through the way they reacted to each other in conversations and with their environments.
My favourite artistic aspect of the play was by far, the phenomenal backdrop. A projector was used to change the setting, and it also intensified the mood of the play. The projected images enhanced the characterization by adding for example, dripping blood behind the cynical characters and cracks behind two characters who were fighting. All of this contributed effectively to the setting and mood of the play.
Overall, the actors and directors did an impressive job putting on this production of Othello. I would definitely go see this play again if I had the chance!
By: Maria Salonga