Georgia meets England in The Foreigner
Kooky Brits and redneckin’ Georgians meet at Godinez Fundamental High School’s production of The Foreigner. A stellar cast of seven astounds audiences, leaving them either falling back in their seats with laughter, or on the edge of them, waiting to see what will happen next. The impeccable comedic timing and hard working stage crew help in making a successful and enjoyable show.
Charlie Baker (Raymond Villa), is a shy British man who finds himself in Georgia with his friend “Froggy” LeSeur (Wendy Regaldo). He meets the inn keeper Betty Meeks (Alejandra Garcia) and overhears very private conversations between Catherine Simms (Maliya Jones), Reverend David Marshall Lee (Josue Diaz), Owen Musser (George Morales), and Ellard Simms, (David Agosto) all while pretending to be unable to understand a lick of English.
Raymond Villa does a great job at distinguishing between his role as a prim, proper, and very timid British man, Charlie, by simply showing his nervousness in the way he shakes and moves about the stage, and in his role as an awestruck and impressionable foreign man, Char-oh-le when he widens his eyes as people attempt to talk to him, as a man who supposedly doesn’t understand them.
Cast mates, Froggy, Betty, Revrend David, Catherine, Ellard, and Owen, add to their stage presence with great comedic timing and strong accents. All though at times it was hard to understand some of the thicker accents, it added to their character’s development and believability. The cast flowed smoothly through each line without needing to pause, and recovered quickly from any mishap onstage. Adding to the overall experience, the stage crew headed by Rosendo Arzate, scene changes were quick and quiet.
For those who attended this show they got to see a remarkable production put on by remarkable students.