Getting Into Character: Fall Play 2016


Looking deep into the eyes of junior Claire Evans, sophomore Davis Vaughn leans in for the wedding scene kiss after saying their vows. Their lips touch. 


The disgusting noise amplifies through the speakers of the fall play, Our Town. The sound that only comes with an out-of-practice stage kiss.

The cast on stage erupted in hoots and hollers as Vaughn and Evans tried to hide their blushing cheeks. 

Our Town follows the story of two children, George and Emily, who grew up next door to each other in the early 1900s then fell in love and got married. After 10 years of marriage Emily died in childbirth.

“It’s about how we take life for granted,” Director Brian Cappello said, “About how we have been given this wonderful gift of life and we just get too caught up in our own petty [ways] to realize the big picture.”

Evans and Vaughn met in Scarlet, a frequent friday last year, and have been friends ever since. Being close friends has helped Evans and Vaughn add their own harmonic personalities into the characters to make them better actors and closer friends.

In late August, Vaughn looked through the cast list and saw his name next to George, a lead role.

“I was completely blown away, because I wasn’t expecting to get any good part at all,” Vaughn said.

As only a sophomore, he took the part into his own hands with one of his best friends by his side.

After all the test run kisses that weren’t worthy for the final performance, Evans found the key to a quiet kiss.

“The puckering of our lips and the actual moisture was the cause of the smack, so I learned not to lick my lips beforehand,” Evans said. “But at the same time neither of us wanted to kiss dry lips.” 

Walking out on stage, Vaughn’s voice quivered while he performed his role on the first night of the performance. As soon as he saw Evan’s there, he knew that it would all be okay. He recited his lines and performed his part nearly flawlessly. 

Vaughn found himself again looking into the green eyes of Evans on the last night of the performance. Her in the ruffled white 1920s wedding dress, and him in black slacks and a white shirt with a vest overtop. Leaning close while keeping a strong gaze. He kisses her.

No smack.