Meadowdale Players finding success

Meadowdale Players relax between rehearsals (left to right): Drew Petriello, Kat Johnston, Malena Langlie, Jake Ersfeld, Anna Laush, Elias Nilsson and, in foreground, Alexandra Quist and Sean Costello.

By Kat Johnston, Meadowdale High School senior

A streetcar named Desire? More like a bus!

After a better turnout than expected for “The Tempest,” the Meadowdale Players experienced growth in auditions for their next play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” with only 17 parts and 20-plus auditions.

The Players are enthralled with the popularity boost, as more actors means more fans. The Players are all for getting more people interested in theatre and saving the dramatic arts of our region. Drama classes are usually the first to go if budget cuts are deemed necessary in schools.

All of the young thespians were nervous to begin with, and those nerves increased when every individual found out that everyone and their dog were auditioning as well. The Black Box Theatre was more like a women’s size 6 shoe box with buzzing, stinging bees of anxiety zipping about!

After seeing the cast list, those who made it felt relief.  Then they got a look at the script. As senior Drew Petriello put it: “It’s kind of like Stanley, Blanche, Stella; then everyone else.”  Many of the parts have very few or no lines at all!

This being said, what’s done is done, so all they can do is bring their A-game! And if they thought they had brought it before, they’ll have to bring an A+ this time around! (After all, this is still in a school setting!)

Thus, it’s safe to say that the motivation is running high in Meadowdale High’s Drama Club. Not to mention a good selection for plays to come, what with the new-found popularity!

Meadowdale Players are producing the Pulizter-winning “A Streetcar Named Desire” Feb. 16, 17, 23 and 24 at Meadowdale High Theatre, with curtain at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6: 30 p.m.  Tickets ($5 ASB and $6 general) are available at the door.  More information is available at

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