Darlington’s fine arts department and Darlington Players will present the full-length romantic classic "Sabrina Fair'' Oct. 22-24 in the Audrey M. Brock Amphitheater, also known as “The Cove,” on the Upper School campus. This al fresco dinner theater production will serve heavy hors d'oeuvres and dessert to enjoy during the show. Food service and showtime is 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The show’s runtime is approximately two hours.
“‘Sabrina Fair’ is one of my favorite plays,” said Shelley Daniel, theater director. “It is a timeless story about authenticity, spirit and empowerment. It has a little bit of everything -- romance, humor, drama, fashion from another era, and important lessons about human nature. Technically, the entire show is written to be performed on a single exterior set, so it easily allows us to produce outside. Our students have not experienced this particular style or period, so the research has been exciting for them. The script offers a wide variety of roles, parts for actors just beginning to explore the craft of acting, and roles for those needing a deeper, more complex challenge. It is a beautiful show and, in so many ways, it felt like the perfect project for the fall.”
“Sabrina Fair" was written by Samuel Taylor and is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Written in the early 1950s, “Sabrina Fair” opened on Broadway in 1953 and tells the Cinderella-esque story of a chauffeur’s daughter who has grown up in the household of the wealthy and powerful Larrabees, aware of but excluded from their lavish lifestyle. The Larrabee sons, sincere David and all-business Linus, hardly notice her until she returns as an adult from her studies abroad. With a new zeal for living, Sabrina finds herself reshaping the Larrabees’ rigid world of class and social conventions in place at the time. The Broadway play ultimately provided the basis for subsequent film adaptations including the 1954 movie “Sabrina,” directed by Billy Wilder and starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, as well as the successful 1995 remake starring Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford.
This production features the talents of 26 students contributing as actors, crew, designers and managers.
“Twelve of the 26 production participants are brand new to The Darlington Players and we are excited to welcome so many new students excited to produce theater,” said Daniel. “The cast is so happy to be preparing for another live production, and we are excited to have the opportunity to work in The Cove amphitheatre again. It is an incredible space for performance. We are using the gorgeous architecture of the buildings and adding set pieces to transform it into the lavish backyard of the Larrabee estate, overlooking Long Island sound. We are thrilled to welcome audiences to our fall production and hope they enjoy an evening of delicious food, laughter, and romance.
"Sabrina Fair” is not intended for younger audiences and is rated PG-13. Advance ticket purchase is required and admission includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Ticket reservations are available to the Darlington Community beginning Oct. 5, and to the general public on Oct. 13. There will be a variety of seating options based on party size, and COVID-19 protocols will be outlined during the ticketing process. The audience will be asked to provide the names of those in their party during the reservation process.
Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite:
→ Friday, Oct. 22 Tickets
→ Saturday, Oct. 23 Tickets
→ Sunday, Oct. 24 Tickets
Kathryn Davidson (’22) - Sabrina Fairchild
Grayson Davis (’22) - Linus Larrabee, Sr.
Angeline Myrie (’25) - Maude Larrabee
Elliot Luitwieler (’22) - Linus Larrabee, Jr.
J.R. Johnson (’24) - David Larrabee
Ellie Allen (’23) - Julia McKinlock
Ben Scarbrough (’22) - Tom Fairchild
Parker Scott (’23) - Paul D’Argenson
Claire Smith (’23) - Margaret, Poster Designer
Ivanna Castro (’25) - Gretchen
Kameron Fountain (’23) - The Young Man
Orafiri Koko (’24) - Betty
Oliver Liu (’24) - Peter
Angela Li ('23) - The Girl
Emma Sklar (’22) - Assistant Director
Mary Mac Pittman (’22) - Assistant Director
Mary Prusakowski (’22) - Stage Manager
Annika Patel (’23) - Assistant Stage Manager, Program Design
Wesley Inman ('23) - Sound Designer
Kathryn Wilson ('24) - Assistant Program Designer
Kimberly Johnston (’24)
Wesley Inman (’23)
Alli Robinson (’25)
Taylor Zhang (’24)
Kathryn Wilson (’24)
Angela Li (’23)
Cindy Zhou (’23)
Mary Kebede (’23)
Lauren Rierson (’24)