NEWS & PRESS RELEASES
BBC’s Drama Department Presents a Stirring Performance
This year’s spring play was complete with secrecy, suspense, and a surprise ending. BBC’s performance of Daphne du Maurier’s most famous work, Rebecca, was outstanding. BBC staff member Mrs. Kathy Compton was especially excited about the production. “The story of Rebecca has been a long-time favorite of mine,” Mrs. Compton explained. “It is filled with mystery, the characters are developed and brought to life, and the character of Rebecca is realistic and haunting. It is a romantic tale, and one that the reader never forgets!”
Despite having one week less than is normal for preparation, the cast and crew pulled together a dynamic performance. Reflecting over the many hours of rehearsals, cast member Rachel Strayer (who portrayed the intimidating Mrs. Danvers) described one of cast’s greatest challenges as achieving confidence. “Our director Dr. Maxwell was constantly pushing us to be confident with our lines and confident with our characters, especially as opening night approached.” Strayer added, “Once we were convinced that we knew our lines, we were much more comfortable with letting our characters shine through. I think everyone rose to the challenge.”
The cast consisted of 12 students, four of which were new to the BBC stage. The production staff did an amazing job with staging techniques and details, which included showing clips from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film version at the beginning and end of the play to create a surreal effect.
Posted on: 4/10/2006 10:30:30 PM