TOWNSEND — It will take 46 hours of rehearsal for the Recreation Department’s cast and crew to be ready for one performance of “A Simple Task” and five other short plays.
The production is entirely student-run. The youngest actor will enter grade 6 this fall and the oldest crew member will start college.
The co-directors are just a little older. Nick Lorenzen is a junior in the theater program at the University of Maine Farmington and Anna Makrianis is a senior in the psychology program at the University of Miami in Florida.
They are trying to keep things simple.
The set consists of a desk and a podium with a box.
“We’re using things found in Town Hall,” Lorenzen said at a rehearsal in Memorial Hall.
Actors provide their own costumes, mostly culled from their own clothing. The directors have final approval of the selections.
The only item specifically obtained for the play is a “hideous, olive jacket for the boss,” Lorenzen said.
The casting is also simple. The main character, Empie, is a woman in her early 20s.
The other nine cast members each play two or more of the minor characters in the play, the directors said.
The production has been challenged by the participants’ busy summer schedules.
“Having everyone here at a rehearsal is a huge thing,” Makrianis said.
Two people had a previous commitment for Wednesday evenings, when some of the rehearsals were scheduled. Others have gone on vacations and returned. The cast has been meeting since June 25 to prepare the 30-minute play.
The production has benefited from an experienced team.
This is the second year Lorenzen and Makrianis have co-directed a summer play for the Townsend Recreation Department.
They also worked together several years ago as students in a play at North Middlesex Regional High School that made it to the semifinals in a state-wide competition.
The play was by Alan Haehnel, who wrote “A Simple Task.”
Choosing his work for this production was easy, they say. “I really enjoy his writing,” Makrianis said.
The play follows the path of a new employee who tries to accomplish a simple task for her boss and is stymied at every turn. The play is about “how the easiest thing can be the hardest,” Lorenzen said.
The performance is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Admission is free and donations are welcome.
Cast members are Padrig Gosselin, Ally Kinch, Lisa Kwiatkowski, Crystal Lynch, Kyle Pick, Lauren Pick, Kaitlyn Ramsey, Amanda Rochette and Torin Whitefleet.
Crew members are Lara Makrianis and Rebecca King.