Huff, Puff, Blow That Capstone Down



Staff Writer

At Piedmont, every senior must present a capstone project that shows everything they have learned over their time spent here. 

As I took my seat in the Swanson Center Mainstage Theater on March 14, I already knew that senior theatre major Abbie Strickland’s “Trial of the Big Bad Wolf” would do just that. 

The end result proved the depth of Strickland’s knowledge in the theatre, and the play seemed to make every one of her professors, classmates, friends and family members proud.

I was expecting a regular “Three Little Pigs” story. 

But I learned within the first scene that I was very mistaken when sophomore theatre major Jacob McKee came out on stage as the town crier. 

My first thought was “what year is this supposed to be set in, because he has a bell?” 

Then senior theatre major Sonya Leckman and junior theatre major Lilly Baxley entered the stage as journalists. 

I would have to say they stole the show, and I found all three of them to be quite humorous. 

Another great asset of this capstone was the beloved jury. The assembly of jurors was composed of some beloved fairytale characters that had been reunited for the wolf’s trial. 

Junior theatre major Tamara Rainwater, who played Mrs. Sprat, was hilarious with her constant reminders of how her character was a star in her high school drama club. 

Of course, no one could forget her threats to cry when arguing was taking place. 

Junior theatre major Oliver Merrit played the Big Bad Wolf, and to say that he gave a magnificent performance would be an understatement. 

The chance to hear the story of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs from both sides made this a performance to remember. 

From the scenes with the jury to the Big Bad Wolf handing out his business cards, there were plenty of surprises. 

The biggest surprise of all was when the Three Little Pigs accused every single person in the courtroom of various fairytale crimes, like leaving a glass slipper at the ball. 

These reports led the journalist at the trial to stretch the truth a little in order to make their stories more appealing, and the town crier, who first believed in telling the truth, to begin over exaggerating.

All in all, it was a job well done for Strickland and her cast and crew.