After nearly two months of preparation, the Belmont Hill production of “Cut + Speed Date” was a resounding success. According to directors Mr. Ojeni and Mr. Payne, the “aim [of the show] was to lighten spirits during the dark and dreary winter months with comedy”. With 45 minute rehearsals taking place three times a week, the Belmont Hill cast immersed themselves in their characters through weekly challenges in order to fully understand their objectives and truly embody their roles. The result of their efforts was a collaborative and synergistic production that certainly lifted the spirits of many. Although scheduling conflicts and illnesses posed obstacles, the cast showed their dedication and commitment to the play by making up missed rehearsals and prioritizing self-care. Having received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback via both email and in-person, the play was praised by many members of the Belmont Hill community for impressive performances and diverse range of accents and characters. As Mr. Ojeni describes, “the production offered students an opportunity to develop their comedic and acting skills, cultivate self-confidence, foster a sense of teamwork and collaboration, and build positive relationships with their peers and teachers. Such extracurricular activities can create a sense of pride and accomplishment and promote a deeper sense of connection to the school community.” Ultimately, “Cut + Speed Date” exemplified the power of humor in bringing people together, and offered a shared experience that transcended both cultural and social barriers; not only did the success of the play demonstrate the potential for future Belmont Hill productions in continuing to excite and delight audiences through comedy, but also fostered the growth and evolution of the Belmont Hill theater program.
Belmont Hill Production “Cut + Speed Date” Is Met with Great Reception
by Brian Leeon March 9, 2023