Over the moon acting

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Over the moon acting

Assistant director Paige Fanning and Kennedy Verengo, who plays Charlotte Hay, sell tickets for a Moon Over Buffalo during C lunch.

Assistant director Paige Fanning and Kennedy Verengo, who plays Charlotte Hay, sell tickets for a Moon Over Buffalo during C lunch.

Photo taken by Skylar Clark.

Assistant director Paige Fanning and Kennedy Verengo, who plays Charlotte Hay, sell tickets for a Moon Over Buffalo during C lunch.

Photo taken by Skylar Clark.

Photo taken by Skylar Clark.

Assistant director Paige Fanning and Kennedy Verengo, who plays Charlotte Hay, sell tickets for a Moon Over Buffalo during C lunch.

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For this year’s fall play, Highland Theater Company will be performing Moon Over Buffalo. One may ask: why was this play choosen?

 Highland Theatre Company sponsor  and director Matthew Domasica said, “It’s been one of my favorites for awhile, and I thought that after Les Misérables we needed to do something fun and comedic.”

Moon Over Buffalo is a comedy about two fading stars, George (played by senior Xander Melby) and Charlotte Hay (played by senior Kennedy Vernengo), who have a chance to return to their former glory if they nail this performance.

This play allowed for some of the cast members to step outside of their comfort zones.

Senior Kennedy Vernengo said, “A lot of other roles I’ve played in the past have been real people. They have been people who are easy to connect with because they have real emotions and real problems that they are going through. But this character, she is more of a character then anything else. She is not someone real; she is so over the top. She is dramatic. She is crazy. The way I have to portray her is almost like a soap opera; very melodramatic, very almost fake in a way.”

Another person who ventured into new territory with this play was senior Paige Fanning who instead of acting in this play, was the assistant director.

“It’s certainly a different experience. I very much enjoy being on the other side of the curtain because I can see what the audience sees and decipher what is aesthetically pleasing as well as funny,” said Fanning.

With the cast putting in lots of hard work, there were many favorite moments that they had.

“Me and Xander Melby, who plays my husband in the show, have a big sword fight and it took us weeks to learn it and perfect it, and that has been one of the biggest challenges for me, so I really like that in the show,” said Vernengo.

Fanning said, “I would say my favorite part of the show is something that we added to the show. It is not something that was in the script and it is joke in which a character runs in the closet and then runs out of the room.”

Moon Over Buffalo, opens tonight in Monbeck Auditorium at 7pm, with performances Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm.

Vernengo said, “I think it will go really well once we have an audience. When you have an audience, you feed off of (their) energy.”