Essex High School theater director Aly Perry faced an enviable task when selecting a show to tackle for this year’s Vermont One Act Festival: Her last two shows had been, by all accounts, rousing hits.
Last year’s festival entry, “The Boy at the Edge of Everything,” earned the Essex group a state championship title. This fall, “Les Miserables” effectively brought an epic musical to the small stage.
“I needed something that was going to be sort of uplifting and wacky that would sweep out the beautiful ashes of ‘Les Mis,’” Perry said. “It’s really challenging to follow ‘Les Mis’ with anything.”
Enter: “Three Kinds of Wildness” by Donna Oblongata.
This show is certainly “less linear” than the prior productions, Perry confirmed. In fact, it’s a bit hard even to grasp a plotline within the comedic, social commentary of a show.
...“Both shows are very much Aly Perry shows in the way that they’re styled,” student Ingrid Zinger joked. “It is a brand with patent pending.”...