Gothic musical hits the right note

Gothic musical hits the right note

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Constance and Sinestra’s taxidermist father is played by Cash McAllister.
Anna Parks, Aaron Smart and Naomi Todd perform the roles of Constance, Hereford and Sinestra in “Constance and Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams”.Photos by: Travis Holmes

Anna Parks, Aaron Smart and Naomi Todd perform the roles of Constance, Hereford and Sinestra in “Constance and Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams”.
Photos by: Travis Holmes
Constance and Sinestra’s taxidermist father is played by Cash McAllister.

Constance and Sinestra’s taxidermist father is played by Cash McAllister.

Travis Holmes
Reporter


Constance and Sinestra are two young girls living with their taxidermist father who never leaves the basement and their taxidermed mother who never leaves the hall. They have no friends other than stuffed animals. Then one day they meet new neighbors and a boy next door…

Advertised as a comedy, Constance and Sinestra broke the expectations of audience members with its dark humor and sad plot. “There was like a really dark humor that I appreciated,” second year culinary arts student Siscilia Purez said.

Third year AAOT student Nate Emmerson was also pleased. “I thought the show was fantastic. It was very self-aware. It was like very dark but it still had fun with itself,” he said. Second year theater arts transfer student Kyra Woodruff agreed. “It was kind of dark but it made me laugh sometimes,” she said.

Alexandra Spencer-Jones wrote “Constance and Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams” in 2011 for the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Scotland. The play has gained worldwide popularity, receiving multiple awards and numerous four star reviews since its premier.

Constance (Anna Parks) and Sinestra (Naomi Todd) live in a large house in Victorian London with their taxidermist father (Cash McAllister), who doesn’t leave the basement and their dead mother (Tilese Haight) is stuffed and mounted in the hall. They have no friends apart from Mean Girl (Selena Gregory) who only comes by to yell at them and throw stones at their windows. They meet Mean Girl’s brother Hereford (Aaron Smart) when he comes to their house to look for work. Mr. Van Der Scab (Reese Madden) and Mrs. Van Der Scab (Jennifer Sellers), the new bakers in town, befriend the unsuspecting girls with cake and candy.