Doubt, a parable (Nov 2 – Dec 1, 2018) by John Patrick Shanley had our audiences debating “did he, or didn’t he” well after the show ended.
When the cast started sharing memories, one of the ones that kept coming up was their tape ball. The cast named the ball after a character referred to, but never seen on stage: Sister Veronica. Also, the ball sometimes would roll under the seating platforms, and a broom would be used to get it out. The broom was named after the church groundskeeper (also referred to in the play), Mr. McGinn. Sister Veronica has since retired from her duties, and resides in a place of honor in the home of actress Margaret Gilkes (photo in comments). Mr. McGinn continues to help with cleaning duties at the theatre.
Doubt was my second show at OBTC. What a wonderful day experience! After every Sunday performance there was a talk back about the show. So many stayed and the conversations were deep and thought provoking. We were a small and mighty cast. Wendy was a great director. – Margaret Gilkes, Sister Aloysius
Oh, the tape ball and the stick. We had so many laughs. I didn’t know anyone before we started and by the end, I felt a true bond was created with everyone involved. Rehearsals were the perfect balance of depth and levity. Because we truly didn’t know what Joe’s choice was, it was an investigation every show. Some days I found him guilty and some days innocent. Then when he revealed his truth at the end… I think everyone’s mind was blown. – Meghan VanArnsdalen, Sister James
The first time I saw Harley’s lighting on Brad’s set I almost cried, it was so beautiful. This entire cast was so committed to their characters and the story, it was amazing to watch. I loved the contrast in Mrs. Mueller’s bright pink outfit to all the black and white on stage. It was like the current day (of the play) was fighting the old ways. Also Cheryl having the costumes done for the pictures when we had just started rehearsals! I’m glad that I made the decision to have Joe not tell us whether his character was guilty or not, so we could all have our doubts. I’ll never forget him revealing his secret at the cast party. Maggie used her own Bible for Sister Aloysius, and it had a prayer card from President Kennedy’s funeral. The perfect touch of realism for this play, set in the early 60’s. No one in the audience knew it was there, but SHE did. – Wendy Katz Hiller, Director
Favorite line: “And that,’ said Father O’Rourke, ‘is GOSSIP!’” Father Flynn
Favorite backstage moments:
1) Maggie helping me steam my dress before each show.
2) Watching scene 5 on the backstage monitor with Sister Aloysius, Father Flynn and Sister James.
Best rehearsal advice: I was struggling with Mrs. Muller’s choices and at times judged her. At one rehearsal Wendy gave me some of the best advice yet. “Mrs. Muller has to make the tough decision to cut off her son’s leg to save his life.” From that moment I knew how to tell this woman’s story.
Overall favorite moment: playing tape ball before shows – Krystle Delihue, Mrs. Muller
Going into this show I didn’t know anyone in the cast. I was so nervous to start, but I had Wendy and I knew it was going to be a wonderful beautiful experience. Playing tape ball before every show was fun even when Maggie would get into my space haha. The show had some of the most beautiful moments, and my heart broke was mrs. muller came on and fought so hard for her child. I had to miss one weekend for my best friends wedding and while I loved being at the wedding I missed the show and the cast dearly. – Jillian Joie Dahl, Stage Manager
Directed by Wendy Katz Hiller. Featuring Krystle Dellihue, Joe Sfair, Meghan VanArsdalen, and Maggie Gilkes. Scenic Design by Bradly Byrne. LIghting Design by Harley Miah. Costume Design by Cheryl Zemke.