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An Inspector Calls

December 3, 4, 10 & 11 @7pm
December 5 & 12 @ 2pm
December 9 @ 4pm
Note: This production is double cast, please refer to below cast performance schedules before purchasing tickets.

(Performances: 12/4 @ 7pm; 12/10 @ 7pm; 12/12 @ 2pm)

SYBIL BIRLING Cheyenne Grenda
ERIC BIRLING Jackson Pratley
GERALD CROFT James Callaghan
EDNA Emily Feigle


(Performances: 12/3@7pm; 12/5@2pm; 12/9@4pm; 12/11@7pm)

ERIC BIRLING Grecia Merino-Cornejo
EDNA Athena Crescibene 


‘We don’t live alone . . . We are responsible for each other.” – J.B. Priestley


THE STORY: Written in 1945 by J.B. Priestley, An Inspector Calls is a three-act drama which takes place on a single night in April 1912, focusing on the prosperous upper middle-class Birling family, who live in a comfortable home in the fictional town of Brumley, "an industrial city in the north Midlands". 


A policeman interrupts the Birling’s dinner to question them about the suicide of a young working-class girl. As their guilty secrets are gradually revealed over the course of the evening, ‘An Inspector Calls’ shows us the terrible consequences of poverty and inequality.


The family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman in her mid-twenties. Long considered part of the repertory of classic drawing-room theatre, the play has also been hailed as a scathing criticism of the hypocrisies of Victorian and Edwardian English society

Written By J.B. Priestley
Assistant Directors

Evalynn Castro

Maya Locano

Stage Managers

Tiffany Arita

Elena Fischer

Trenton Sakamoto

Assistant Stage Managers

Zaria Ackermann

Alyna Han

Alicia Jeong

Technical Director

Seth Cohen 

Scenic Design

Evalynn Castro

Elena Fischer

Charlotte Lew

Set Construction Arabelle Brining, Amanda Byrne, Mark Fraley, William Kelly, Julian Lona, Holly Miller, Violet Neils, Sofia Ochoa, Andrew Peters & Sofia Warner
Props Crew Kate Iwamoto, Alicia Jeong, Bela Osorio, Lydia Smith, Chloe Sohngen & Erica Tsuei
Lighting Design Tiffany Arita, Alyna Han, Melanie Flores, Leo He & Osame Osayande
Sound Design Alyna Han, Romaan Locano, Trenton Sakamoto & Jihee Seo
Costume Design Zaria Ackermann, Hannah Cheng, Anara Cook, Isabella Duarte, Angela Hoffmann,
Elizabeth Lau, Juliette Lin, Savannah Montgomery & Mathilda Roche
Publicity & Original Artwork Design Kayla Law, Armon Riaz & Sydney Sidell
Costumes Provided by Linda Muggeridge-Zimmerman, MizZee's Costumes
Directed by  Seth Cohen


- Grade and previous involvement may be a factor in selection if multiple performers are determined to be equally qualified for a particular role. 


- Students are asked which roles/jobs they would especially like to be considered, however the production team reserves the right to place a performer/technician in the role that best suits them and best serves the play.


-  The production team discusses and provides input on casting, but the Director takes final responsibility for all selections.


- In addition to skill set, for some acting roles a students' "look" (not looks) - i.e. relative height of paired character - may matter.


- Cast and Crew members are asked to refrain from from discussing the cast on social media for 48 hours after the lists have posted. Students are asked not to create social media sites or groups, etc. for the production. Students are cautioned about social media backlash and hallway demeanor when the list is posted. 


- The guiding principle of all creative decisions made is to "serve the production."


- While casting is based on the audition and callbacks, the production team does take into consideration previous experience or classroom work and performances due to many of the students being seen by the director five days/ week in class.


- If an auditioner misses the callback or a technician misses the interviews, they may not be considered for any roles that are determined through these processes.


- If students have consistent attendance issues with their classes, they may not be considered for a role on a production.


- Students must be dressed appropriately for all rehearsals and calls. Appropriate attire for rehearsals and work days include; close-toed shoes, no excessively loose or baggy clothing, shorts/pants - no skirts or dresses; clothes that one doesn't mind getting dirty. Arriving to a call without appropriate attire will result in an unexcused absence.


- Issues with tardiness, defiance or willful inactivity (laziness) may result in dismissal from cast or stage crew.


- Audition feedback is provided to students who request it, no sooner than 72 hours after the cast list posted and no later than two weeks later. Only their own audition is discussed, not another student's. Discussion topics could include student strengths and weaknesses, and technique concerns. There will be no defending of choices made, and it is important to understand that the only answer is, "someone else was just better than you for this role."


- Any parent voicemails or emails expressing their disappointment in casting or seeking discussion about the audition process will not be responded to.