The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe Montclair High School of Visual and Performing Arts brings “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” to The Little Theater at MHS for three shows from February 7 through 9.

The classic three-act play by Jay Presson Allen, adapted from the novella by Muriel Spark that is considered one of the great English-language works of the 20th century. Performed and produced by students, under the direction of SVPA’s Brenda Pepper  and with technical direction from Ken Cleerdin, the play, set in Scotland in the 1930s, portrays the profound influence that an unconventional teacher, Miss Brodie, has on a select group of girls.  Miss Brodie is determined to introduce the girls, known as “the Brodie set,” to the finer things in life, including art, sex and fascism.

MHS senior Caroline Friedman plays the role of Miss Jean Brodie. Junior Malik Hall plays the male lead in the role of Mr. Lloyd, the art master.

About her choice of the play for this year’s winter drama, Brenda Pepper said,  “I found the story compelling, age-appropriate” — it follows a group of girls from age 10 or 11 to 17 — “and it featured a lot of females, which is always a challenge to accommodate, since there are always fewer males who come out for the play.”  Pepper says that she has tried to direct the students to be authentic in their roles and to be aware at all times of what their objective is and what they want to portray to the audience in each scene.  “The play enabled students to do some great character work and push their own limits, which has been very exciting to watch unfold,” said Pepper. “It also required some research, particularly for Caroline Friedman’s role, since there is so much poetry, art and historical references.”

MHS senior Caroline Friedman plays the role of Miss Jean Brodie.
MHS senior Caroline Friedman (center) as the role of Miss Jean Brodie.

This promises to be a great evening of theater for an audience 13 years and older.

Montclair High School’s SVPA Presents The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Who: 
Teens and older.
What: Montclair High School of Visual and Performing Arts performs the classic three-act play that is considered one of the great English-language works of the 20th century. Set in Scotland in the 1930s, it portrays the profound influence that an unconventional teacher, Miss Brodie, has on a select group of girls.  Miss Brodie is determined to introduce the girls, known as “the Brodie set,” to the finer things in life, including art, sex and fascism.
When: February 7th and 8th at 8pm and February 9at 3pm
Cost: $15. Tickets are on sale online here. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the box office beginning one hour before the show.

(Photo: Cary Africk)