This past week saw the new Skirmish Repertory Company put on two more theatricals: Breaching the Necromancer’s Gate and Siege of Gondamon.
Breaching the Necromancer’s Gate
Cast: Beorbrand, Camara, Casinthelion, Gennyrose, Kaleigh, Kestryl, Madaelin, Meadowlarke, Melanie, Nelco, Volcar, Wendy
The Skirmish Repertory Company fielded a full cast for the first time this week for their debut performance of Breaching the Necromancer’s Gate. It was a marvelous debut, and the experience the cast has gained from just one week’s worth of time onstage showed remarkably. The players met each new scene with great energy and handled them with ease. There were a few pratfalls here and there, but not enough to distract from the quality of the performance. If any critique could be made at all, it may be a sense of rushing into the next scene before the audience and cast has had time to take in all that has come before. Your reporter overheard some discussion of this very thing at the after-party and is looking forward to seeing what developments come from it.
Siege of Gondamon
Cast: Aegthil, Amireth, Astleigh, Beorbrand, Camara, Castinthelion, Dannigan, Kaleigh, Kestryl, Meadowlarke, Selyra, Volcar
When the Skirmish Repertory Company announced that the next theatrical in their run would be a performance of Siege of Gondamon, your reporter was intrigued. It is rare in the young life of a theater company to attempt such plays, ones in which the pacing of the scenes belongs to the Antagonists. It usually takes a practiced hand to keep command of the stage in such instances, but the promise of a thrilling evening of theater is rarely broken.
That promise was fulfilled and then some, as the cast captivated its audience with long scenes of brilliance sprinkled with moments of great terror. At one point, a Frigid Squall nearly swept half of the cast offstage, as a new wave of Antagonists promised to make their appearance in short order. Only those with the true gift can save such scenes from being a debacle, and the gifts of those on the stage were displayed for all to see, as the dramatic axiom was proven once again: “As we move from terror and loss to unexpected good fortune, out of darkness, hope is born”.
As the play progressed to its final, climactic scene, those familiar with the production and its multiple endings must have believed that, for their first showing, the troupe would have selected the classic finale, the least intricate of the three. They, like your reporter, would be proven to be very wrong, as the cast engaged all three Antagonists at once. And as the curtain fell, like the three Antagonists, the patrons rose to their feet with a cheer that must have rivaled the greatest ovations in all the history of the stage.
Afterwards, as I was interviewing one of the company’s creators, I noticed she kept running her fingers under her eyes, trying to wipe something away. When I asked if her troupe’s performance had moved her to tears, she claimed that it was only melted snowflakes from the Props department and remarked upon how realistic they were.
Your reporter knows better.
And that is it for this week of The Impartial Observer, the most trusted name in theater!
— Your Sage of the Stage