The sophomore class at The Waldorf School of Garden City will be performing a side-splitting play full of hilarious moments and a hint of irony. This upcoming week, the Class of 2021 will perform The Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, a humorous story with an intriguing twist. The cast will perform the play three times: Thursday, January 31st at 7:30pm, Friday, February 1st at 1:00pm, Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30pm. All of the performances are open to the public and will take place in the Waldorf gymnasium. There is free admission, but there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to support production costs.
Mrs. Deirdre Burns Somers, High School English and Drama Teacher, as well as the director of the play, said, “The students have done a fantastic job making a Russian comedy from the 1830s still relevant and entertaining today. I am excited to see their hard work pay off in the performances.”
Nikolai Gogol, a novelist, humorist, and dramatist, was born on March 31, 1809 in Sorochintsy, Ukraine. He produced numerous works including “The Overcoat” and “The Nose.” Gogol is known for a variety of quotes, including “It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.” He wrote The Inspector in 1836. The comedy produced a lot of reactionary press, causing Nikolai Gogol to leave Russia and go to Rome until 1842. Influenced by religion in Rome, Gogol produced many works prior to his creative decline. Gogol ultimately settled in Moscow where he continued to be influenced by the religion and culture.
The Inspector by Nikolai Gogol is a Russian comedy that takes place in a corrupt town featuring extravagant personalities. When a suspicious man enters the provincial streets of this Russian town, the government’s credibility is put in jeopardy. The government employees go into a frenzy as they desperately attempt to correct the flaws within the town walls. Will they hide corruption from the man who is perceived to be the inspector, or will their reputation be destroyed?
The Waldorf School of Garden City’s Class of 2021 strives to combine each individual’s talents to produce a quality production. Working as a cohesive group, the cast merges prior knowledge with new experiences to put together an entertaining comedy. The students have used different aspects of the set and costumes to give you a glimpse of a small Russian town in the 1830s. The class hopes that the audience will have as much fun watching the show as they did producing it.