Burlington High School has become well-known for its theatrical productions but live theater is a difficult thing to both perform and view in a time of COVID. However, a group of Burlington High students have produced the school’s first ever virtual play, premiering tonight.
“The first ever virtual play is here at BHS! Tune in to BCAT to watch “The Apple Tree,” A One Act Play about lost love, mystery, and societal pressure. Due to COVID-19, Students at Burlington High School have worked hard over the last four months to make theater accessible to people from the comfort of their homes, completely virtually, and… free of charge!”
“The Apple Tree” by John Galsworthy, originally written in 1917, is a one-act play about a man who falls in love and loses that love. Frank Ashurst, the protagonist, is from a sophisticated society. In his travels to the country he falls in love with Megan David, a simple farm girl. Society pressures him to make a choice, return to the life he has always known, or pursue the possibility of a new life with Megan. Posed with this ultimatum, Frank Ashurst makes a choice that affects the lives of everyone around him.
“The Apple Tree” is directed and stage managed by BHS Senior Madelyne Gootz. BNEWS Entertainment Reporter Chris Flaherty spoke to Gooltz on the production’s conception and road to completion. Click below to watch.
“The Apple Tree” premieres at 7 pm on BCAT’s Youtube and Education Channel (Comcast Ch.22, RCN Ch.13, and Verizon Ch.40).