‘Glass Menagerie' brings out an intensity in Youth Theater

Tom, played by Ryan Hagan, threatens his mother, Amanda, played by Leena Devlin, about leaving home once and for all. Photo by Jackie Pascale
Jim OíConner (Nick Edwards) speaking with Laura (Stephanie Hodge) as her very first gentleman caller. Photo by Jackie Pascale

Last weekend, the Spring-Ford Youth Community Theater showed a new side of their theater.

Although only done with a four member cast, “The Glass Menagerie” was not a small show to say the least. It is a story of the Wingfield family, comprised of faded Southern belle Amanda, played by Leena Devlin, and her two children, Tom, played by Ryan Hagan, and Laura, played by Stephanie Hodge. They are all cooped up in their St. Louis home, but Tom, a relentless dreamer, is dying for a way out. Laura, on the other hand, spends her time admiring glass figurines in lieu of social interaction.

The play really takes off when Amanda pushes Laura to be social and requests that Tom bring over a “gentleman caller.” This fellow is Jim O’Connor, played by Nick Edwards. He ends up being a long lost friend from Laura’s high school and they apparently have a past.

The play showed a more serious and acting-intense side of the theater and, as usual, their production was a great success. The cast sends thanks to all those who attended their shows and support the theater. Be sure to look out for their upcoming shows in April and May!