This spring, the motto of the Omnibus Players was “Joy and Adventure,” and an adventure it certainly was.
On two beautiful spring days, in the outdoor sun and breezes, casts totaling 47 actors from the lower, middle, and upper schools performed five separate mystery and morality plays, rotating between two different performance venues. With outdoor stages, campus itself became the players’ theater.
Originally written in the 15th century, the scripts were modernized and adapted by contemporary artists. Rehearsing many plays simultaneously required a new level of commitment, energy, creativity, and mutual support from our actors, and they certainly rose to the challenge, imbuing these stories with the kind of exuberant spontaneity and physical vigor that only live theater can provide.
This spring’s play was especially lively, as the show brought together actors from all three school divisions. Director of the Omnibus Players, Joe Bissex, commented, “seeing actors from all grades mentor, assist, and encourage each other was a truly rewarding experience.” In a year when many school-wide activities were cancelled, the players were grateful to have had this opportunity to come together.
We are all looking forward to our next season, which will feature a series of plays written by Heights faculty, students, and alumni. Omnia Omnibus!