The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

There were only five cast members, yet they brought the stage to life. Directed by John Baumhardt, the small all-female cast captivated its audience with the emotional scenes of this year's winter play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

The play revolves around the developments and changes in the Hunsdorfer family, focusing on Tilly, the youngest daughter. Ruth, the half-mad sister, Beatrice, the depressed mother, and Nanny, the vegetable tenant, confuse Tilly's world; she strives to remain normal in these dismal surroundings. With a love for school, especially science, she enters the school science fair. Her experiment on the effect of radiation on plants wins first place in the competition. She is thus able to gain hope, self-respect, and pride, but the rest of the family can find nothing to save them.

Overcome with emotion, the audience broke the tense silence as the play concluded with thunderous applause. The cast's months of hard work and rehearsals was rewarded with moving performances. The girls had accomplished every actor's goal: they had touched the hearts of all.

CAST

Beatrice ........................ STACEY GREANIAS
Ruth ............................ MARGARET KOY
Tilly ........................... LILI TAYLOR
Nanny ........................... PATRICIA WAGNER
Janice .......................... LAURIE SMITH


Ruth explains to Tilly their eccentric mother's history as "Betty the Loon."


As Tilly attempts to explain the intricacies of her experiment, Beatrice taunts her with its potential problems.


Armed with chloroform, an enraged Beatrice threatens to kill Tilly's rabbit, Peter.


Brandishing her half-consumed liquor bottle, a distraught Beatrice assails her unwitting victims with a barrage of verbal attacks.

Trevia (New Trier Highschool Yearbook) 1984



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