Seven Brides for Seven Brothers review
May 11, 2016
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, by Dorothy Kingsley, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, was performed on May 6-8 by the BHS drama department. The play involves Adam Pontipee, played by Spencer Hayes, who sets into town to find a wife. Adam meets and marries a woman named Milly, played by Katie McCollum, within the span of a few hours. The couple heads back into the country, where Milly finds that Adam has seven brothers that live with him. Milly becomes tired of serving the brothers, and teaches them to court women so she could lighten her workload. The boys set into town, but get into a fight and are thrown out. The boys become heartbroken because they cannot see their loves, so Adam convinces them to kidnap the girls and bring them back to their house in the country. The boys do this, and an avalanche closes the pass, requiring the girls to stay with them throughout winter. Adam then becomes upset, and runs away to his trapping cabin. Milly is initially upset, but finds she is pregnant. The girls and guys fall in love, but the avalanche melts and the townspeople rush in. Adam returns, as the townspeople are prepared to hang the brothers. Millie’s baby cries out in the house, and all the women claim the baby is theirs, permitting them to happily marry their man of choice.
Personally, I thought the set of the play was well made. The costumes fit each actor and their personality, and the lighting was good enough to not draw attention away from the play while still matching the mood and bringing emphasis to characters when they speak. The actors did not make a single mistake the whole play, and if they did it certainly did not interrupt the flow of the play, a sign of excellent acting. I am not a fan of singing; the songs were actually good in my opinion, especially when accompanied with the well-practiced choreography.
Overall, I thought this play was very well done, and the hard work of the students certainly shone through in the performance.