By Alison Murtagh
Devika Ranjan, a senior here at AHS, is taking the drama department by storm. Over the past few months, Devika has written and directed an original play titled Ever After.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always been involved in musical theater,” Devika said in a recent interview about how the play came to be. “I really wanted to write a play. I didn’t know what it was going to be about—I just wanted to write one. So, this summer I sat down and went for it—and it all unfolded from there.” Soon, what started out as only a few ideas on paper evolved into a forty-minute production.
The play tells the story of a young girl growing up in a small town. She realizes she wants to see things outside the boundaries of this small community. What starts off as “your typical wide-eyed girl story,” soon undergoes an unusual twist as fairy tale forces try and lead the girl to a perfect happily ever after. “It’s kind of meant to be a caricature of the whole fairy-tale ending type thing and what you do with that,” said Devika.
After holding open auditions, Devika selected a cast comprised entirely of AHS students. With the help of Matt Boulanger and Sasha Schwartz, an incredible set was created. Maddi Hertz (assistant director) and Jeremy Brownholtz (student producer) also helped in turning what was once an idea on paper into a reality.
Although the play was not originally intended to be entered in any competition, Devika submitted her work to the Triton Original Play Festival, which is very similar to the Drama Festival that the AHS Drama Guild enters each year. Devika’s forty-minute play will be competing against five other original plays from schools in the area this Saturday at the Triton Regional High School.
The play will be performed on Thursday during Block 4, on Friday in the Collins Center from 7:00-7:40 p.m. and at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday at the Triton Regional High School.
Will this young dreamer want a life like in fairytales? Will she find her prince charming? Make sure you don’t miss out!