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Aaron Green adjusts the collar on a shirt simulating 1800s peasant clothing. Aaron Green adjusts the collar on a shirt simulating 1800s peasant clothing.
“The American Way” features Tom Bell, as president, Angelina Lucarelli, as first lady, and Connie Dazzo as Davenport, an assistant. “The American Way” features Tom Bell, as president, Angelina Lucarelli, as first lady, and Connie Dazzo as Davenport, an assistant.
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Fall presentation, ‘Eat Your Heart Out,’ features 20 skits

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF Special to The Press in School

When the Northwestern Lehigh fall drama debuts Nov. 30, audiences will notice some major differences from past performances.

Instead of seeing one play, they will view 20 skits performed all in one night under the title “Eat Your Heart Out.”

“I was really intrigued when I first found out we were doing this, ” said Aaron Green, vice president of the high school drama club.

“It’s not like a traditional show. It gets to showcase individual talent.”

Green said everyone gets time in the spotlight.

“You get a bigger role with more stage time,” Green said. “There are some people who have tons of time. It’s really a lot different.”

As the actors have more time on stage, they have more responsibilities.

“It kind of gives us a chance to see what a main character has to memorize,” said Connie Dazzo, who recognized the learning experience for many of the actors. “I really enjoy it.”

“Eat Your Heart Out” is billed as “a show about life, love, food and the pursuit of happiness.”

Director Bill Mutimer describes the play as “a collection of vignettes, written by different people, about love, food and the love of food.”

“There’s a bunch of different skits,” Molly Crawford said. “There’s one about the White House and one about a person who uses texting to communicate.

“There’s [also] a spoof on ‘Les Mis’ and another about a girl obsessed with football on her first date.”

Angelina Lucarelli plays an American first lady in a skit called “The American Way.”

“‘Eat Your Heart Out’ kind of gives us a new view on drama as it’s different from a musical,” Lucarelli said.

Emma Greenawalt, who stars as a nameless sales clerk in “Layla Misérables,” said every skit is different.

“It’s not the usual but it’s creative and funny,” Greenawalt said.

“It’s very humorous and there are lots of jokes,” Thomas Bell agreed. “There are references to other plays, and references to past events. I’m sure the audience will respond. It’s pretty funny.”

No one knows better than the drama club that necessity is the mother of invention. The ongoing renovations at the high school affected the auditorium, leaving Mutimer with a dilemma.

“Because of the renovations, they were going to cancel the play but I couldn’t let that happen,” he said.

Consequently, Mutimer selected “Eat Your Heart Out” as an option that would work considering the circumstances.

Due to the renovations, the cafeteria became a viable substitute for rehearsals before moving to the middle school stage.

“We practiced in the café, which is not traditional especially considering the acoustics,” Morgan Bentley said. “The [lack of a] stage was definitely difficult but since it isn’t a musical it was not as big a deal. The alternative was a lot worse.”

Auditorium accessibility also affected stage sets.

“We didn’t have a lot of auditorium accessibility, so we had to do something that required a few props and stage sets as background,” said Abby Snyder, one of the actors in “Layla Misérables.” “The ongoing renovations continued to impact students preparing to take the stage.”

Despite some difficulties, Mutimer remained undeterred. Ever the optimist, he seized the opportunity the skits offered.

“I worked with the students in four groups of five, and as I worked with them, the other groups rehearsed,” Mortimer said.

Morgan Moss said “Eat Your Heart Out” was easier to put together.

“Not like the big giant Christmas show we did last year,” said Moss referring to “Elf,” last year’s show. “The big plus this year is that everyone has a lead.”

Mutimer has already selected “High School Musical” for Northwestern’s spring production.

“I’m pumped up,” said Moss, who will graduate in June 2018. “I love ‘High School Musical’ so much, l want to put my all into it. After all, I still belong to Northwestern High School.”

There are three performances of “Eat Your Heart Out,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 in the middle school auditorium.