During the past week, two separate casts have performed in the Upper College production of The Great Gatsby, based on the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Theo Hunt (L6, H) has interviewed two of the main character, Max Pemberton (5th, H) and Chanelle Moller (L6, A) about their experience in the play.
- Theo: What part are you playing in the play?
Max: I am playing George Wilson, who ends up murdering Jay Gatsby.
Chanelle: I am playing Daisy Buchanan, Jay Gatsby’s former lover.
- Theo: What is your favourite moment in the play?
Chanelle: My favourite moment is definitely when Daisy meets Gatsby again, after many years of not seeing him. I love the relationship that Gatsby and Daisy have, and this moment is my favourite because it really shows the chemistry between the two characters.
Max: I would have to say that my favourite moment is after Myrtle’s death when I enter my garage and contemplate whether or not I should kill Gatsby. I like this moment because the fact that there is no speech conveys so much, and adds so much tension.
- Theo: What has been your favourite thing about making the play?
Max: I have loved having the chance to cooperate with new people, who I do not have much in common with, other than through drama. I have also learned so many new acting techniques and learned how to speak in an American accent.
Chanelle: My favourite thing about making this play has been learning about what life was like in the 1920s, and learning about Zelda Fitzgerald’s influence on the character of Daisy.