Last week, the students involved in Trinity theatre took the stage one last time this semester in the production of the play, â€œThree Sisters.â€
â€œThree Sistersâ€ opened on April 17. The play tells the story of a Russian family and the ups and downs of their dreams of moving to Moscow to make a better life for themselves.
Sophomore Catherine Clark played one of the sisters, who battles internal conflicts while trying to maintain stability for her family.
â€œI play Olga Prozorov, who is the oldest sister and the most serious,â€ Clark said. â€œLike all of the characters, Olga transitions through different stages of her life but there is a constant battle within her to maintain a calm exterior even when everything around her seems to be falling apart.â€
Senior Brady Iba played the sistersâ€™ brother, Andre, who, like most of the characters, has goals of moving out of the town and making a better life. He says that the characters constantly have another dream or goal to meet.
â€œThereâ€™s a line in the show that says, â€˜We canâ€™t achieve happiness, we can only grasp at it,â€™ and the idea is that once you achieve your goals, do you know you actually got them? Or is it just, â€˜Now that youâ€™ve gotten to that point, whatâ€™s your next goal?â€™â€ Iba said.
â€œThree Sistersâ€ was particularly unique because of the level of involvement the cast has, not only as actors, but also with the sound.
â€œOne thing that makes this production different than most others is what weâ€™ve been calling Foley work,â€ Iba said.
Making the sounds for the show involved some actors learning to play instruments, such as Iba who learned violin. This Foley work also involves working with the set.
â€œDuring set changes, the entire cast moves the pieces,â€ Clark said.
The preparation for â€œThree Sistersâ€ was also unusual. Iba says the cast worked in reverse order.
â€œUsually you block it, put it on stage, fix a few things, and then you go,â€ Iba said. â€œBut for this play, we kind of put it in reverse order; we put it on its feet to go, then we added in the blocking and Foley work afterwards.â€
Senior Lauren Splawn attended the play as part of a class.
â€œIt was required for my class, â€˜Dramatic Literature,â€™â€ Splawn said. â€œI think it was really well directed and I enjoyed my time.â€
She adds that performances like this help make Trinity special.
â€œI think things like this give Trinity students a unique experience because we have access to many different kinds of plays throughout the year,â€ Splawn said. â€œAlso, it gives students opportunities to be a part of these plays and see if they have an interest in drama.â€
The last performance of â€œThree Sistersâ€ will be at 8 p.m. on April 25 in the Stieren Theater.