The final performances of “Still Life With Iris,” a fantasy-adventure-drama with a touch of comedy written by Steven Dietz, will be presented by The Ridgefield Department of Visual and Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Cast member, Claire Glubiak, a junior at Ridgefield High School, describes “Still Life With Iris” as “a colorful show that has an Alice in Wonderland or Wizard of Oz vibe. It appeals to the imagination and wonder in everyone.”
RHS junior Jacob Litt explains, “It’s about a little girl venturing through the unknown in pursuit of the one thing she most desires — her past. It’s full of suspense, laughter and plot twists galore.”
The story centers on 10 year-old Iris who lives in the fanciful land of Nocturno where the inhabitants toil all night to create the wonders of the world. When Iris is chosen by the perfection-seeking rulers of Nocturno to be their perfect daughter, she is taken from her home and forced to give up the “PastCoat” that holds all her memories. With help from her new friends Mozart and Annabel Lee, she searches for both her identity and her way home.
Two major storms have not deterred the dedicated cast and crew under the able direction of Sherry Cox. Their professionalism is noted by Claire Glubiak, “I love the work ethic of the entire cast and crew. I trust each and every one of them to put on the best production every night.” The cast includes Meredith Gillis as Iris, Claire Glubiak as Mom/Miss Overlook, Thomas Fusco as Man/Matternot/Dad, Taylor Starr as the Leaf Monitor, Noah Feinberg as Elmer, Kelly Shannon as Hazel, Matt Schonberg as the Memory Mender, Emma Glubiak as Gretta Good, Matt Kirby as Grotto Good, Christina D’Aiuto as Annabel Lee and Jacob Litt as Mozart.
At work behind the scenes is the production team that includes lighting designer Adam Lobelson, costume designer Lyndsy Amenta and set designer Sherry Cox. Stage managers are Holly Storm and Kym Heidinger.
“Still Life With Iris” takes place in the Anne S. Richardson auditorium at Ridgefield High School. Tickets are $10 and are sold at the door.