"Chemical Bonding" lights up Carroll stage
By Isabelle Beezley, Editor-in-Chief
Seniors Amber Peterson and Savannah Furniss perform in Carroll’s Chemical Bonding.
Chemical Bonding, a play produced by Drama teacher Steve Pearson and several Carroll students, tells the story of a young high school graduate named Dani (senior Savannah Furniss) as she navigates her way through post-high school life, a lackluster new job, her mother’s cancer, and unexpected romance.
The play was performed on Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26. The production was nothing less than charming. The intimate stage and comedic actors came together perfectly to create a quaint but highly entertaining show.
Lead actress Savannah Furniss truly shined in her role, commanding the stage with her relatable portrayal of Dani, an 18-year-old with plenty of decisions to make and little idea of her future. Furniss was able to present a range of emotion, from witty sarcasm to heartbreak—truly a commendable accomplishment in a small high school production. As lead, she carried the weight of the show on her shoulders, and she managed it well. Her personality is perfect for the stage: large, funny, and unapologetic.
Juniors Seth Pendergrass and Allyson Bitters, acting as Grandpa Odis and Aunt Stacy respectively, each brought their own ridiculous humor to the show. Bitters especially received many laughs from the crowd with her immaculate portrayal of the embarrassing aunt. Her loud dialogue and hilarious gestures were wonderful additions to the play’s comedy.
Senior Sarah Morris, who plays a disgruntled plant worker named Pearl, was absolutely marvelous to watch. Her classically grumpy old woman impression was enough to make anyone laugh, and her lines were a valuable addition to the play. And kudos to her for her impressively deep smokers’ voice.
Junior Liam Hickey also added an element of comedy to Chemical Bonding, playing the clueless boss of a chemical factory. Hickey’s easy presence on the stage gave the audience the impression that he truly enjoys his moments in the spotlight. I have no doubt that he will continue to impress in Carroll’s future productions.
Senior Corey Miller played Dani’s love interest, Kane, a fellow employee at the mismanaged chemical factory. Miller too played the role with such ease that his presence on stage seemed natural. The “chemistry” between Furniss and Miller was also well-played and felt natural throughout the production.
Overall, Chemical Bonding was just the right balance of serious subject matter and humor. The story seemed reminiscent of reality: a little darkness and a little light. The comedy of the play was enough to keep the audience engaged in the more awkward, serious moments of the play that were often over or under acted. It was just the right formula for a genuinely enjoyable high school production. The story was relatable, the characters laughable, and the romance palatable.
The best quality of Chemical Bonding however, was, in this writer’s opinion, the feeling of passion that every member of the cast put into their work in the production. The importance of this play to everyone involved was palpable as an audience member. Though it was a small production with a small cast and crew, Chemical Bonding had true heart—a quality that made the little play delightfully endearing.