MBS Thespians Perform “Mother Courage (and Her Children)” on Senior Circle

Ari Bersch

The Fall Play is an annual tradition at MBS often marked by the warm atmosphere of Founders Hall and the post-show pizza party in the Student Center.  This year, due to pandemic-related restrictions, the show was instead set under the lights on Senior Circle, which provided an appropriately chilling backdrop for the production of Mother Courage and Her Children.  This drama, written by Bertolt Brecht, is an antiwar play set during the Thirty Years War of the seventeenth-century German states.  Nick Corley, who also directed last year’s adaptation of The Laramie Project, directed this most unusual production, which was held on the nights of November 13 and 14.

Many Founders frequents took the stage again this fall, with Sam Kasmin ‘21, Kailyn Williams ‘21, and Will Srere ‘21 all taking part in their fourth and final Fall Play.  All three of these seniors took on major roles in Mother Courage as they have in past years.  Williams played Mother Courage herself and Srere played Eilif, while Kasmin played Swiss Cheese, Peasant Man, and a Soldier.

The stage managers for the production were Rachel Monastersky ‘21, Henry Miller ‘21, and Haylee Schwind ‘22, each of whom did a magnificent job adapting to the difficult circumstances the pandemic presented.  

A great deal of congratulations is deserved by all members of the cast and crew as they persevered through unprecedented adversity this fall in the form of social distancing requirements, quaratines, and two school closures.  The next MBS production will be the annual Spring Musical, which will be held in May instead of March this year and will also be performed outdoors.