The Loomis Chaffee Performing Arts Department opened this year’s fall play, The Love of Three Oranges, by Hilary DePiano, based on a Commedia Dell’arte scenario by Carlo Gozzi, on Tuesday with ongoing shows through Saturday, October 30 on an outdoor stage next to Chaffee Hall.
Commedia Dell’arte, an early form of professional theater popular in Italy from the 16th through the 18th centuries, includes a minimal set, masks, improvisation by the actors, and physical comedy. During its five-show run, The Love of Three Oranges illustrates the universal themes of love, friendship, and the power of laughter.
Theater teacher David McCamish is the director, with English teacher David Edgar serving as the assistant director of the 18-member cast of students in this comedy. Three student stage managers and 10 student crew members will also assist in the production.
Remaining performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
The play is performed outside. Please remember to dress accordingly. In the case of rain, performances will be moved inside to the Hubbard Performance Hall.