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Theatre finishes school year with senior directed plays


by Sofia Colignon | news editor

As the year draws to a close, the theatre department finishes the year its own way, with their annual senior directed plays. The plays will be held on May 30 and 31. Tickets are five dollars for each show, and 15 dollars for admission to all four.

“There’s four of them on the hour: 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm. The same four plays both days,” theatre director Megan Thompson said.

Sofia Rodriguez and Moriah Del Toro are directing ‘Every Brilliant Thing.’

“This show is about the story of a seven year-old boy who consoles himself with the harshness around him—his mother has just attempted suicide, his father is distant and insensitive—by creating a list of everything that makes him happy, everything that makes life worth living. The list becomes more than just a way to ward off, the depression that stalks him as relentlessly as it has his mother. As we follow the boy to manhood, watching him deal with school, death, another parental suicide attempt, and falling in and out of love, we see how the list becomes a touchstones that he returns to at trying times in his life,” junior Laura Colon said.

Maddie Grimm and Karla Liwanes are directing ‘The Seigel.’

“The Seigel is about a family, the daughter’s about to get married, she’s engaged, it’s literally a couple of days before her wedding, and her ex boyfriend shows up to try to win her back because he’s changed and he thinks he can do it,” theatre director Jay Asterman said.

Maddie Earp and Maya Lundmark are directing ‘Gifted.’

Gifted is about a group of gifted, intelligent young people who have a special class that they get pulled into, a gifted class, and it’s about sort of the dramas between each of the students as their teacher, who’s their normal teacher, is not there and they have a substitute, and they sort of have to figure out what is going on,” Thompson said.

Cole Lunsford and Maggie Brennan are directing the well-known story of ‘Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.’

“We started rehearsals early April. They had auditions in February,” Thompson said.

Most of the cast are underclassmen, and this gives them an opportunity they might not have had before to have a main role on a play.

“It’s a lot of freshmen and sophomores primarily, there are some juniors here and there, but the juniors that are in senior directed shows are juniors that haven’t had any main stage show appearances,” Asterman said.

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Theatre finishes school year with senior directed plays