Falling into the Fall Play: A Wrinkle in Time Comes to SLS

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Valerie Parker

Ryan Whitman '24, Staff Writer

It’s that time of the year! The leaves are changing colors, the Starbucks prices are increasing, and the air is crisp. Autumn is here, which means so is the fall play. This year, the St. Luke’s Theater Program chose Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary. A Wrinkle in Time follows the adventures of Meg and Charles Wallace through a time-warping journey to save their father (and the world) from threatening dark forces. 

When choosing the fall play, Mrs. Fuller and the rest of the Theater Board wanted to choose something that had empowering female characters. Meg from A Wrinkle in Time was a perfect choice. She demonstrates strong will and determination. Adding complexity, however, is her headstrong nature and ability to recognize her emotions and deal with them accordingly. 

When the Theater Department announced the show, Lachlan Maclean ‘25 was interested in doing backstage work, but Ms. Fuller, the director of the play, encouraged him to try out for an acting role instead. Maclean said, “Originally I wasn’t going to [sign up]. It was a complete spur-of-the-moment thing.” Now, Lachlan is playing Meg and Charles Wallace’s lost father, and his favorite part of the play is working with the cast and crew. 

Jackie Cecil ‘25 said that Ms. Fuller and the rest of the theater team helped her to reach her full potential:.“I love working with them because they always inspire me to add new things to my character.” Jackie plays Red Eyes in the play, a dangerous antagonist with malicious intent. She explained that Mrs. Fuller encourages the actors to add their own spin on the characters they play, resulting in a more cohesive role.

Phoebe McCance ‘25, playing Ms. Which, urges viewers of the play to be more aware of deeper themes:“I think the viewers need to have an open imagination and know that it is very very fictional. Try to understand the deeper meaning of the lessons that Meg and Charles Wallace learn throughout their journey.” A Wrinkle in Time deals with some serious topics, and keeping that in mind will maximize the enjoyment of the viewers.

Ms. Fuller explained that one of her favorite parts, as well as one of her biggest challenges, has been the creativity in visual presentation: “I love the opportunity for visual and audio spectacular effects.” For instance, the theater team achieves the illusion of “tessering,” a mode of interdimensional travel, by rippling fabric sheets in the play. 

The first show was on ) Friday, November 10, at 7:00 pm. There will be two shows on Saturday, November 11, – one at 2:00 pm and the other at 7:00 pm. No tickets necessary. Come support the theater program! I’ll see you there!