Once in a Lifetime Hits the Stage
The Hopkins Drama Association (HDA) was back at it again with their triumphant spring production of Once in a Lifetime, on April 26 to 28.
Once in a Lifetime is a story originally crafted by the famous George S. Kaufman in the 1930’s of three wannabe Vaudeville actors trying to “make it big” in the emerging film industry. As their act continues to decline in viewership, May Daniels (Unique Parker ’18), George Lewis (Andrew Treat ’18), and Jerry Hyland (Colin Flaumenhauft ’18) decide to leave their acting days behind and open an elocution and voice culture school to train actors to speak in “talkies,” movies that were trumping silent films as they began to include talking actors. This show, directed by Michael Calderone, included one of the largest casts the HDA has ever seen, made up of over 50 students, with roughly fifteen students working on the technical aspects of the show. Nate Stratton ’19 described the experience: “HDA has got a great combination of new people as well as the great chemistry and seasoned talent from our seniors.” Once in a Lifetime was HDA’s fourth and final major show of the year, and was widely delighted in by the entire cast. Griffin Congdon ’20 said, “Once in a Lifetime is an interesting combination of hectic excitement with refined humor, making it a fun show for everyone!”