NEENAH, WI – St. Mary Catholic High School (SMCHS) is proud to produce the World Premiere of Bethany Paulsen’s relevant new drama—Castlewood.
During the London Blitz of 1940, young Winifred is sent to join her sister in the English countryside to escape the horrors of the war. When she arrives, she encounters Edwin, a young eccentric boy, whose imagination and friendship provides her solace and companionship. They escape their reality by creating a world together in the woods. Castlewood is a coming-of-age exploration of escapism, grief, and what it means to be happy.
This marks the second World Premiere of a production for director Jessica Lynn French, featuring seniors, Eden Marshall (Winnie), Brody Adams (Edwin), and junior, Laura Harness (Fern) for the Friday evening performance. The Saturday evening cast will feature freshman, Eva Radtke (Winnie) and sophomore, Isaiah Plutz (Edwin). An additional performance featuring the premiere cast may be added should tickets sell out.
The creative team for Castlewood includes Jessica Lynn French (Set Design), Eric Conner (Lighting and Sound Design), and senior student, Julia Lukasik (Costume Designer). Senior student, Taylor Foord will serve as the Stage Manager. The school’s Stagecraft class is part of the production team.