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Drama, time travel and tears

October 11, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Houghton High School students are delving into a world of elaborate costumes, drama, time travel and tears with their latest play, "Berkeley Square."

One of the more intense and dramatic plays he's chosen recently, Director David Crowley has been impressed with how his students have handled the content so far.

"They're tearing it up right now," Crowley said. "The ending is guaranteed to bring tears to everybody's eyes, especially the way the kids are playing these scenes. ... The kids are going to blow people away."

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Ian Hyslop rehearses as Peter Standish in Houghton High School’s latest play, “Berkeley Square.”?The play will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, and will also be playing at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Alumni Theatre at the high school.

Set in both the late 1700s and early 1900s, the play centers on Peter Standish, who inherits a house in England. After moving in and reading family journals and correspondence, he discovers an ancestor of his also named Peter Standish, and the story takes a strange turn.

"He somehow manages to change places with (his ancestor) in time," Crowley said. "Everything moves fine at first, until he starts slipping up and mentioning things that haven't happened yet. ... There are a lot of little, unintended consequences to his decisions."

From there, "Berkeley Square" becomes a love story melded with a cautionary tale about meddling with the past.

To preserve the authenticity of the play, 20 costumes were rented from a theatrical supply company, a move that delighted students, including junior Audrey Knuuttila, who plays Kate Pettigrew in the play.

"The costumes are amazing this year," she said. "I think people are going to love the costumes."

Knuuttila and her sister in the play, Shalina Gupta, playing Helen Pettigrew, were both also impressed by the dramatic tone of "Berkeley Square."

"I know a lot of people are going to cry," Knuuttila said. "It's intense; I think people are going to get really into it and like it."

"There's a lot of emotion in this play," Gupta added. "It's been really fun."

Ian Hyslop plays Standish, Cheyenne Kaufman plays Lady Ann Pettigrew and Torin O'Leary plays Tom Pettigrew. In addition to the play, a raffle will also be held at the shows. Prizes include a night's stay at the Calumet AmericInn and a $30 gift card to Carmelitas, a $50 gift card from Sew Sisters, a $25 gift card from Kathy's Country Flowers and a $20 game card for The Mine Shaft.

The play will take place in the Alumni Theatre at the high school at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.



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