November 25, 2014

Waiting for Godot

Way back in college, I remember reading the Beckett play, Waiting for Godot. I remember thinking, "This is weird. I totally don't get it. I never want to see it."

Tonight, many years later, guess what we saw? Yep, Provo High put on a production of Waiting for Godot, and Liam played the role of Vladimir, one of the main characters.

I thought this was a very brave choice for a high school. An absurdist play with not much of a plot? Definitely not your normal Utah high school type production. To illustrate, Mountain View just staged Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I was nervous it would be just us with a few other parents in the audience. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised, and there were only a few empty seats.

The director did some very creative things with the play. It was staged in the round, and several kids tag teamed to play each part. It worked really well and wasn't distracting.

Now I'm not being biased, but my favorite scene was with Liam and his friends, Alyssa and Sam. I knew Sam could be quite a character, and Alyssa is quite a little actress. However, I was really impressed with Liam. This is the first substantial role I've seen him in, and he did a great job--so well that I completely forgot it was Liam and believed he was Vladimir.

Here is a photo of Liam and Alyssa that I stole from the show's Facebook page.

Estragon and Vladimir

At the end of the first act, all of the actors laid down on the floor and closed their eyes. They stayed that way throughout the intermission. Audience members started taking photos of the actors

Liam is on the floor on the far left.
I decided to join in and get a shot of Liam. Chloe went up to Liam and touched his face. Liam didn't move a muscle.

 Here's a shot of Liam and Alyssa after the show.

In the end I thought, "This was weird. I totally didn't get it. I'm so glad I went to see it."