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Paly Theatre’s fall production, ‘The Birds,’ Takes Flight on Opening Weekend

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Paly Theatre concluded its first round of shows for the fall production, ‘The Birds,’ this weekend. 

A comedic play about two humans who, fed up with the modern world’s petty problems, flee to the kingdom of birds to build a utopia in the sky is the newest offering from Paly theatre. 

“The Birds,” a comedic interpretation of the original is directed by drama teacher Sarah Thermond.

“This play is based on an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes,” Thermond said. “Even back in his day, he was making fun of the government and the church. (Playwright) Don Zolidis has updated this concept to fit with the modern world.”

Senior Athya Paramesh played Eulpides, one of the fleeing humans said this modern adaptation makes the play relatable to the audience.

 “This is one of our most accessible shows in terms of subject matter as well as performance,” Paramesh said. “The major critiques the characters have about the world are traffic, pollution and the concept of capitalism, which are all problems audiences can relate to.” 

Paramesh also said the style acting in this play contributes to its relatability for the entire audience. 

“The style of the show is a farcical comedy, which means all of the physical/vocal choices are over the top and ridiculous,” Paramesh said. “The hope is that little kids, teens and adults can all enjoy the show because the jokes range from childish to philosophical commentary on modern life.”

In contrast to other more serious plays, Thermond said she chose to direct the play in a more comedic style because she wanted it to contrast with previous productions.

“My goal is that students are getting variety if they participate in all the shows throughout high school,” Thermond said. “Last year we did a super serious historical drama, so this year, we’re doing a comedy about the birds overthrowing the gods.”

Senior Jack Champlin, who plays Pithetareus, the other fleeing human, said he enjoyed acting in this play due to its comedic nature.

“It’s so silly and absurd that it’s difficult not to have a good time working on it,” Champlin said. “There are so many incredible people involved in the production as well.” 

And Thermond said she aimed to pick a play that was easy to watch for families.

“Even if you’re someone who doesn’t consider yourself a theatre person, we’ve been approaching it almost more at the mindset of treating it like a Saturday morning cartoon,” Thermond said. 

Champlin agrees and encourages students to attend one of the remaining shows.

“This is a great (show) to see if you’re not terribly into theatre,” Champlin said. “It’s very approachable. It’s very silly. I truly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun evening.” 

The next round of shows will take place on Nov. 10, Nov. 11 and Nov. 12. Tickets and showtimes are available on Paly Theatre’s website.

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