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Theatre Incorporates Audience on Stage in Arabian Nights Production

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Theatre Incorporates Audience on Stage in Arabian Nights Production

Samantha Dunaway

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The school’s first production of the year, Arabian Nights, will be on Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27.

“Preparing for the show has been so much fun,” Director Samantha Dunaway said. “It been very collaborative because I’m learning just as much about the culture as the students are.”

Much like last year’s rendition of Macbeth, the audience will be positioned on stage with the actors.

“We interact with the audience and incorporate them (into the play).” senior Tabish Arshi said. “Viewers will get a good story from it.”

The production will run for two weeks. Tickets are available for $5, pre-sale only.

“It’s very limited seating,” Dunaway said. “We sold out for the (Macbeth) so we wanted to give people ample opportunity to come see this one.”

The play incorporates numerous types of theater including storytelling, theater in the round, puppetry and mask work.

“What I enjoyed most was that we got to learn really cool dances,” Arshi said.

Assistant Stage Manager Han Pham said that this show contains more cultural aspects than the other two productions she’s been a part of.

“This one needed more research on Persian culture and customs (so) that we didn’t do anything completely taboo,” Pham said. “We wanted to make sure that we got the feeling and the atmosphere of the story correct.”

The tale is about a heartbroken king, portrayed by Arshi, who marries someone new every day to then have them beheaded in the morning until a character manages to stay alive for 1,001 nights by telling stories.

“People should come to see it just to experience such intimate theatre,” Dunaway said.  “I hope that (audiences) learn how important storytelling is because storytelling can change hearts.”

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