Spring play brings in large crowd, laughs

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Freshman Lauren Frederick and juniors Katie Comley and Alley Rowland swoon over sophomore Brett Riffel. “Pretty soon, I’m going to look at you like this,” Riffel said of his character Jeramy’s “lady-catching” look.

Bekah Wagley’s rendition of Don Zolidis’ “The Monologue Show From Hell” debuted April 30 and May 1 and featured students in Mrs. Banks’ acting class preparing monologues of various topics. However, the students’ monologues are not ready for shownight.

“The play features monologues about all sorts of things, like relationship problems, depression over an impracticality, and other random things like Star Wars,” senior Sierra Emery said.

Wagley believes the different monologues gave the play an element of surprise.

“The well-written ones seemed to be the ones that brought in more laughs from the audience, but I think they were all well-placed throughout the play and that gave it different levels,” she said.

The cast of almost 30 featured mainly newer and less-experienced actors.

“There were a lot of us younger classmen who worked hard,” sophomore Anthony Karraker said. “I feel like some things could have been better developed if people had worked harder. I don’t think I was as creative or inventive as I should’ve been.”

Directing a production may have its difficulties, such as having a younger age group to work with, but with this play, Wagley was faced with a new challenge.

“There were no stage directions,” she said. “The way it was written had the actors in a line across the stage and as one finished their monologue they’d move to the end of the line and the next person would give theirs. I even looked on YouTube and the only school that had their production online did it exactly like that. It was just as boring as I thought it’d be.”

Wagley turned to others for help when figuring out stage directions.

“My husband Spencer and some of the kids helped come up with stage directions. For example, the kids thought it’d be really funny if Jacob Pieplow’s character pulled out the lock of hair.”

Despite the difficulties, actors felt that Wagley’s direction helped make the show.

“At first when we started working I was a bit shy when asking questions on what I should do because she was a little bit scatterbrained, but once I asked her to help shed a little bit of light on certain things it went a lot easier,” Karraker said.

Many young actors hope to use this experience as a “spring” board for their acting careers throughout high school

“I would like to use my acting skills I’ve learned in this play to help me later on. I think was a great first play to be in,” Karracker said.