Staging a school play is a challenge at the best of times, but when you have a cast of 78 students ranging from grade 1 to grade 5, the task becomes enormous. Just making sure that many students are in the right place at the right time would give the most seasoned directors anxiety.
But the dedication and determination of cast and crew of Tashkent International School worked yet another miracle with the successful staging of The Phantom Tollbooth on December 4 and 5. Both shows filled up early leaving some parents without tickets, but thanks to last minute efforts by some key people, extra room was made to accommodate any parent whose child was in the show.
When the lights sent up, the hush of anticipation filled the Black Box Theatre and you could hear a pin drop. When the first character stepped on stage, the magic began and the audience was captivated. Everything fell magically into place and everyone involved, from actors to stage crew, came through with outstanding performances and effort.
Our drama guru, Mr. Durin, had grown a few additional gray hairs by the time the curtain dropped on the final night, but he is surely a better person for it.
For photos from The Phantom Tollbooth, visit the TIS Facebook Page.