Part comedy of errors, part romance, part slapstick, The Servant of Two Masters has something for everyone to enjoy. This fun adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s drama, draws on the commedia dell’arte comic tradition of stock characters and improvisation.
Theatregoers met Truffaldino, the resourceful, clever, and constantly hungry servant who manages to sign himself up with two masters; Dr. Lombardi, the pompous doctor and father of Silvio who is in love with the Clarice who is promised to Federigo Rasponi, who, in real life, is Beatrice Rasponi who is in love with Florindo. Mix-ups, mess-ups, and mistaken identities; the play offers one madcap moment after another.
The play was performed by a troupe made of students in the 6th and 7th grade drama elective. Their teacher and director Amelia Nickles earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University and a Bachelors in Performance from Fordham University, Lincoln Center.
Having attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC to pursue a career in professional ballet, Ms. Nickles brings a unique perspective to incorporating the arts in a liberal arts curriculum in a way that is at once enjoyable and ambitious.
Below are a few photos from the production. Congratulations all on a great performance!