Women of Lockerbie/Theatre 

Women of Lockerbie/Theatre 

By ANDERSON HORN and LILLY ODOM, Staff Writers

The MBHS Theatre Department’s production of The Women of Lockerbie ran from September 30 to October 1, 2021.

The play is based on Pan Am Flight 103, which flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Detroit, Michigan. A bomb caused the plane to explode over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all passengers. The play follows a fictional woman, Madeline Livingstone, looking for her son’s remains among the debris. While searching for his remains, Livingstone meets women attempting to retrieve the passengers' clothing and return it to their families.

This year, the MBHS Theatre Department took a different approach to the audition process with virtual and in-person components. For the audition process, “[Students] had to fill out an information form online and then …[submit] a one minute video of us saying a monologue of …[their] choice,” leading actress Amy Beth Hudson said. There were individual and group callbacks before the official cast list was released. 

Hudson has been doing theatre since her sophomore year, first starring in Chicago

Amy Beth Hudson played the role of Olive Allison, the woman leading the search for the clothing. Hudson was excited for The Women of Lockerbie. Before the play, she said, “It’s going to be very different from anything we’ve done recently, and there are a lot more emotions involved, so that’s a lot more fun to get to experiment with.”

Gabrielle Taichman played the mother in search of her son's remains, Madeline Livingstone. Regarding her role, Taichman said, “I’m excited to play a new type of character that I haven’t before.”

The Women of Lockerbie presented a never-before-seen challenge to both Taichman and Hudson: the arena stage, also known as theatre in the round. In this style of theatre, the audience surrounds all sides of the stage.

“It’s really different because you have to play to all sides of the black box and really make sure that you’re including everyone in the action,” Hudson said.

On November 6th, Mountain Brook Theatre went to the Walter Trumbauer District Theatre Competition. Of the 17 students who participated, 13 advanced to state, in categories ranging from Pantomime to Playwriting. 

The Women of Lockerbie was awarded Best Technical Production. Three cast members made the All-Star Cast, a group of actors chosen by judges who had outstanding performances. 

Mrs. Jane Ganey, the new theatre teacher, said, “I'm incredibly proud of these students, and their performances over the weekend. They showed class and professionalism in every way. I'm honored to be a part of such a wonderful and supportive system!”

The Women of Lockerbie represented District Six at the Walter Trumbauer State Theatre Competition on December 2-4 in Troy, AL. The performance earned Top 5 Best in Show for One Act Festival. Amy Beth Hudson and Aiden Reimer made the Alabama All-Star Cast. Mountain Brook students also placed well in multiple categories. Amy Beth Hudson received first place in Costume Design Novice, Andie Hites received first place in Puppet Design Varsity, and Mary Margaret Stephenson received first place in Stage Management Varsity.

MB Theatre's next show, Into the Woods by Steven Sondheim and James Lapine, will be premiering this spring.