By Anika Matsumoto
November was a month of beginnings for Beaverton’s drama department. They held auditions, rehearsed, and from November 15th through November 19th, they presented the community with their opening production of the school year: Get Smart.
The original Get Smart production was a television show so for Beaverton drama’s purpose it was transformed into a more theater-esque style. However, modifying a TV program into a play is a not-so-easy feat. To do so, the adjustment would have to include and emphasize the humor and plot as the TV show. Beaverton drama’s rendition had a swell double-casted crew with some talented individuals who made the audience laugh. They played a crucial part in the production as it flowed agonizingly slow with no dynamic; causing the crowd to grow bored several times.
A common negative during the Get Smart production was the plethora of still moments where nothing was happening; where no one was talking or moving. Television productions can rely on camera angles and panoramas to heighten the viewer’s interest during or in between shots while play productions don’t have that. This caused many scenes to seem empty and contributed to the storyline transmitting to the audience in a sluggish manner.
The play lacked presence as no scenes foreshadowed any significance leading up to what was supposed to be the most climactic part of the plot. The peak of the performance passed by in the blink of an eye because there was nothing to tell the audience it was even coming. It was quite disappointing, the play ended and the crowd was wondering where, in the two hours they sat watching, the most exciting point of the play was supposed to be.
Although the production had some faults, the humor made it bearable. The script was twisted so that references to Beaverton High School and wordplays were incorporated, earning the performance a few laughs. The dry humor was the highlight of the show and distracted from the poor execution of the plot.
Beaverton drama’s opening show could have taken off on a more positive note had it been more dynamic and purposeful. It failed to promote “feelings” which ultimately made the production lose charisma as the connection and response levels with the audience were severed. However, it is only their first show of the year and there is time improvement. Although their Get Smart rendition was awkward, Beaverton drama definitely has the talent to make the next production a booming success.
Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 stand back-to-back, preparing to face their next foe. Photos courtesy of Michael G. Ingram.