It’s show time for drama students at Algonquin


Northborough- The buzz in anticipation for the Algonquin Regional High School’s production of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse grew with each passing day.

The weekend happening, which is sure to bring smiles and laughs to all audiences, has also been exciting for Maura Morrison, a member of the Algonquin Regional Fine Arts Department and the director of the production.

“Right now we are in final rehearsals and kind of tweaking some of the music and some of the other things and the sets are just being finished,” Morrison said. “We’re just putting everything together.”

Performances of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, written by Kevin Henkes and adapted by Kevin Kling, began yesterday and will run through tomorrow, with showtimes Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are priced at $5 and can be purchased at the door. The play is being held at the Small Theatre at Algonquin Regional.

Auditions for the play were held in late August and the cast and crew has been hard at work ever since, rehearsing after school four days a week as well as participating in the occasional Sunday practice.

Morrison has been impressed with the effort put in by the students especially considering all of the other demands on their time. She looked forward to seeing their reaction to opening night.

“These kids are super involved in school,” Morrison said. “They are definitely excited.”

The play tells the story of a mouse named Lilly and her adventures, or misadventures, associated with a new purse she receives. It shows how one little action can result in a chain reaction of other situations.

A light-hearted storyline with a message, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse promises to bring out the kid in all of us.

“It’s about the challenge of behaving appropriately and what you do when that doesn’t happen,” Morrison explained. “How do you fix the problem?”

With a chance to show all the had work put into the play, Morrison looked forward to opening night and watching the play come to life — for the actors associated with the three-month commitment — as well as the audience.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Morrison said. “We have a lot of work to do before hand, but I’m sure when the lights go down and I can watch the show all the way through, it will be exciting. I’ll be a nervous wreck, as I always am for every show that I direct, but I have no fear that these kids will be able to pull it off .”