The Everyman Repertory Theatre’s high schools tour of Molière’s “The Miser “came to a successful close last month with a final performance at the beautiful new performing arts center at Mt. View School in Thorndike. The response from the students, the faculty and the staff was incredibly positive, said Paul Hodgson, Everyman’s artistic director and translator of the play.

“Probably our biggest audience was at Camden where we had the entire sophomore year, as well as all the students studying French, and a sizeable contingent who had walked over from the Ashwood Waldorf School, nearly 300 in all. In fact all the audiences were great, really responsive, even during the scenes that we performed in French,” he said.

The tour demanded a huge commitment from the cast and crew, traveling, taking time off work, loading and unloading the set, set up and some amazing coordination from Everyman board member Mary Ireland and producer Julie Lyman. Set designer John Bielenberg and stage manager Keith Mackenzie both had to figure out how the set had to be constructed on a series of very different stages in a very short time, and the actors had to map out entrances and exits and sightlines prior to each show in what the company called “Speed Miser.”

Each performance was followed by a question and answer session in which the students asked questions about the play, the theater company, where the actors had learned to speak French and why one of the actors, Evan Sposato, who played Cléante, wore skateboarding knee pads (he spent a lot of the play on his knees). At the end of the show in Mt. View, the students were offered the chance of missing the Q&A to go to Period 4, but most of them stayed.

One of the best things about the tour is how incredibly helpful the students were unloading and loading the van and constructing the set, said Hodgson.

“Nothing was too much trouble, and we always had plenty of volunteers. I think the teachers at all the schools, Rockland, Georges Valley, Medomak Valley, Mt. View and Camden should be really proud of their students. Let’s hope we’ve sown the seed for a love of live theater in these young audiences,” he said.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is a registered 501(c)3, not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to achieve excellence in professional theater in the greater Penobscot Bay region.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.