Actors from the theater group at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) presented “The Servant of Two Masters” Nov. 2-4 in the Black Box, located in the Center for Performance and Technology in Natchitoches.
Caitlyn Morrison, a senior from Leesville played the role of Zanni. “In traditional Italian commedia dell'arte, which was the style of the play, the zanni are servants, and the bigger their nose, the dumber they are,” she said.
Written in 1746, the play follows the adventures of Truffaldino who, in order to make an extra florin or two, agrees to be the servant of two masters; unbeknownst to either of them. It does not help that one is a woman who is disguised as a man to find her fiancé who happens to be the other master.
This is Morrison’s third year at LSMSA. She has been a part of the theatre program since she was a sophomore. She is most advanced in math and theatre, she said. “I’m in all of the upper level theatre courses, and I’m in Calculus II.”
Morrison is immersed in the culture of LSMSA and feels fortunate that she has been able to attend school there. “I’m really grateful for all of the opportunities LSMSA has given me. I’ve gotten to direct my own show in the theatre department, be in the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade, be a student recruiting representative for the school, and all sorts of other fun stuff. I’ve also gotten to really further my academic endeavors with classes that I never could have taken elsewhere.”
Morrison’s favorite aspects of the school are the community and the opportunities it has afforded her. “LSMSA has become my home over the past two-and-a-half years, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
She has made great friends and developed a support system while attending LSMSA. “I have really strong relationships with my teachers, and I’ve made a lot of important connections that way as well,” Morrison said. “Overall, LSMSA has really provided me with the tools I need to be successful.”