by Kate Loomer, Grade 11
At the most recent Student Theatre Society production, Eric Protzer invited us into the world of an aging man reflecting upon his past. In Krapp’s Last Tape, a one-man play by Samuel Beckett, Krapp reviews the two major events of his life – the death of his Mother and the loss of his true love – as he listens to the tapes he made during his youth.
For such a young actor, Eric brought a passionate depth to his character, truly making us believe that he was a man near the end of his life. Whether he was moving slowly about the stage or pausing to stare into space as he pondered the words from his past, Eric captured the essence of the aging man. Each member of the audience, depending upon their age, took a different message away from Eric’s stellar performance.
After the intermission, where the audience were able to have a look at student artwork on display in the boardroom, there were performances by a variety of students: Kaeleigh Fletcher, Oliver Brooks, Zack Benloulou, Ali West, Lincoln Welsh and yours truly read poetry, while Olivia Krusel, accompanied by Lisa Chen on piano, sang beautiful solos. Priya Mulgaonkar and Rowan MacKenzie treated the audience to some of their Acoustic Concert classics. Chris Madsen played a beautiful piano solo, the first movement of “Sonata Pathetique” by Beethoven. If you missed this fantastic evening you should make up for it by seeing the Student Theatre Society’s next productions, Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound at theCopeland Lecture Theatre on May 26-29.