By MIKE CHAIKEN
St. Paul Catholic High School is tackling a play never before seen in Bristol as it stages the award-winning “Still Life With Iris” from Nov. 1 to 3.
The school also will present a special “low stimulation” performance of the show for families of children with disabilities on Thursday, Oct. 30
The school, in a press release, explained the plot of the play, which won the American Alliance For Theater Education award, is as follows: “(It) chronicles a young girl’s quest to regain her memory and with it her home. With the help of incredible fantastical characters who she meets along the way, Iris’s crusade recovers more than her past, including a wonderful secret which changes her future. This appealing heroine succeeds in finding herself: the power of faith and the courage of persistence. These traits lead her home.”
Stephanie Edick, 15, of Southington performs the title character in the St. Paul production, which is directed by Mark Mazzarella.
Asked what she liked about the story, which has not been seen in Bristol before, Stephanie said, “It was a bunch of different things. It’s a mystery— a little bit. Then it’s a fantasy. But it’s for all different ages… Older people will get more of a concept. Then, there’s stuff for little kids… I just thought the storyline was just amazing.”
Stephanie said she likes the title character of Iris because “she’s always asking questions. She’s very curious. She’s also determined.”
And in that way, Stephanie said, Iris isn’t much different from herself. “I’m always asking questions and when I put my mind to something, I strive to do my best until I reach my goal.”
In the story, the characters’ memories are kept on a button held within their coats. Lose the button, like Iris does, you lose your memories.
Asked if she found herself in the same predicament as Iris, what memories would she miss most, Stephanie replied, “Probably missing my family. I would want to see them. I wouldn’t know who they are and it just wouldn’t feel right. So I would want to know who they were.”
For this particular cast at St. Paul, Stephanie said she likes how “we work together. There’s never fighting. We work off each other. We feed off each other. We give each other advice. It’s a very friendly environment.”
And when audiences arrive at the auditorium of St. Paul next weekend, Stephanie said, they will like what they will see. “There’s magic. That’s going to be interesting. The props are amazing. Some are really big. You’ll just have to watch the show. It’s really amazing.… It’s unbelievable.”
A special showing of the play designed for families of children with disabilities will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about special accommodations, including “quiet rooms,” dim lighting, and noise reduction.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol.
Tickets for all showings are available at www. spchs.com.