“The Hothouse” performance at DeWitt High School

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By Mike Moffat

Bath-DeWitt reporter

The Overall Play

DeWitt High School students performed for the first time “The Hothouse.” Written in the 1950’s by Harold Pinter, which is a black comedy about a group of people trying to solve a murder that it ends up in mayhem as they try to figure out who did it.

Cover of the play's program

Cover of the play’s program
Photo taken by Mike Moffat

“We chose this play because it primarily is very challenging,” said Jeff Croley, the head of the theater department at DeWitt High School. “It also is a timeless piece, and it really creates a sense of absurd theater.”


Challenging was the common response when asked about the play.

The crew, consisted of only seven people, and they only had three weeks to work on this play when an average play usually takes a few months to complete.

But, that didn’t stop from them performing well each and every time out.

“At the end of every night, we would talk back with the audience to get their opinion on it,” said Geoffrey Croley, who plays the main role of Roote and is also Croley’s son. “They gave us positive reviews every night, and it felt good to hear that.”

Listing of cast members

Listing of cast members
Photo taken by Mike Moffat

Crew’s Ability to Mesh

Not only was the time factor a huge key, but also it really helped them develop the ability to handle tough situations quickly and to build the chemistry between the cast members. Students performed this play four times in a span of four days, twice at 7 p.m., once at 2 p.m., and once at 9 p.m.

“My favorite part of working on this play is how tight this crew is,” said Cameron Cleminson, who plays the part of Lush in the play “We really became a family over this three week period; it came to the point where we trusted each other no matter what.”


For questions, please contact Mike Moffat at moffatm2@msu.edu

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