Sometimes things are misunderstood, some things are really misunderstood and then there’s the people of “Quality Street,” who can’t seem to go a day without forming misconceptions. But if there had been less pandemonium on stage, the audience wouldn’t have been on the edge of their seats at Scott High School.
The play chronicled the big events of a small London street in the early 1800s, particularly the house of Phoebe and Susan Throssell. When Phoebe (Dulcinea Gurley) believes that Valentine Brown (Robie Sumner) is going to propose to her, he instead is proud to tell her that he has enlisted for war, and won’t be back for 10 years. The heartbroken Phoebe becomes a simple schoolmistress until he comes back, but they have both changed during that decade. Phoebe tries to change again for Valentine, but that causes him to think even less of her. Many characters also try to “help” with the situation, but only make it even more twisted.
The production onstage was phenomenal for everyone, with dry British humor to make the heartrending moments even sweeter. The show kept the audience on their toes trying to follow the jumpy story of “Quality Street,” which the cast executed without a hitch.
The stage lights shined particularly brightly on Bridget Nicholas, playing Susan Throssell, Phoebe’s old maid of a sister. Nicholas gave a whole new look to her character, making her more bubbly and emotional than all the uptight people of the era. Nicholas’s comedic timing was excellent, and she made the show less prim-and-proper and more fun for the whole audience. She made the story more relatable with her hatred for algebra and love of “racy” literature. Nicholas was a sight to behold on the stage, thriving like she played the part her whole life.
The whole stage was beautiful when filled with characters. The student-made costumes looked glorious, and gave the show that extra detail that made it amazing. The set was elegant; the backdrop of a simple outline of a London street made the rest of the set pop, but also looked great on its own.
The tech for the show was very simple, but what needed to be done was executed with precision. The light board for this show had broken, but the cast did amazingly with what they had. They pulled off the set changes like professionals, and it looked more like a conscious decision than broken equipment. The simplicity of it all really made the cast shine, who made up for it with one heck of a performance.
Scott High School’s performance of a dry and proper love affair really seemed like people from the 1800s walked onto stage and went about their lives. The whole cast making the effort to have British accents was another layer that made this show one to behold. When the show ended, the audience couldn’t help feel relieved that no more mix-ups were going to take place, but at the same time disheartened that the great show of “Quality Street” was over.