From the same group that brings Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) the improv performance of “SNHU’s Line Is It Anyway?” came “Mirror Mirror,” presented by SNHU’s Drama Club on the weekend evenings of Dec. 4 and 5. It was the culmination of their hard work this semester, and they showed it off with pride and confidence.
Among the characters are the evil queen of the school, an anorexic trying to be popular, a president of the high school’s drama club, the secretary of the club who attends cotillion classes, two twin-like drama club boys who insist they are not gay, a shy plebeian girl of the school, Roy’s best friend who plays football and attempts to insist he’s not gay, another football player who says more about sex than he should, and the controversial Roy who appears as Rose.
The show began with a man on stage, SNHU senior David Scroxton to be exact, and he began to undress to get into a strapless blue number and heels, with a wig to complement the ensemble.
From there, the hilarity of the two-hour show ensued and worked well to engage the audience in laughter. The jokes consisted of punchy lines that were crass and harsh toward the fellow characters that could not be ignored.
Within this comedic plot was the question of, “Whatever happened to Roy?” while Scroxton stepped around in his heels as new student of the complicated, prestigious private high school the actors attended.
Alongside this is the magical mystery of the strange mirrors in the girls’ bathroom and the boys’ locker room. Look in the girls’ mirror and say, “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” and a pretty version of your own face may appear or other girls around the school.
On the flip side, look into the boys’ mirror and rumor has it that you may just catch homosexuality.
This prestigious private high school is most certainly homophobic, and its students have many presupposed ideas of the world and of life, influenced by their pretentious parents. The homosexual presence in the story challenges these ideas and forces some of these students to rethink what they know.
However, this is a meaning to be dug for under the surface of the overbearing laughter that this play brought well to the stage.
The actors dominated their opening night, and they pulled off a seamless and believable act. Their hard work throughout this semester certainly paid off.