PHS Amph-Rats to present original play


Plymouth High School drama students interview senior citizens about relationships March 3 in the PHS Amphitheatre. The students used the advice gleaned from the conversations to write a play, which will be presented May 12-13. — Submitted photo Plymouth High School drama students interview senior citizens about relationships March 3 in the PHS Amphitheatre. The students used the advice gleaned from the conversations to write a play, which will be presented May 12-13. — Submitted photo Plymouth High School drama students will present “Relationships: The WRITE Way!,” an original play about a young writer's struggle to define the perfect relationship.

Each semester, the Independent Study Advanced Acting Class, also known as the Amph-Rats Acting Company, presents a previously published play and an original work. The class performed an adaptation of “The Government Inspector” by Nikolai Gogol in April.

The costumes, set, props, lighting, and sound design are being created by students in Theatre Design and Technology, a new PHS class that gives students hands-on opportunities related to producing theatrical performances.

As background research for “Relationships,” the students interviewed senior citizens from Generations on the general topic of relationships. A similar dialog between students and seniors several years ago led to a very well-received play called “Yesterday's Friday Nights,” with students portraying teenagers during the WWII era.

“Relationships: The WRITE Way!” features a young writer trying to compose a love story, but she is frustrated with trying to write about a successful relationship

Presents when she cannot maintain one herself. In her frustration, she calls for a “muse” to help her, and — of course — two muses appear.

She and the muses talk about the earliest relationships up to present day, so audiences may see visits from Adam and Eve, Romeo and Juliet, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and even Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. Interspersed among these historical and literary based relationships are multiple storylines created by the writer (and the PHS students!).

“At one point, ALL of the characters will interact with the writer to try and help her create fictional, yet realistic, representations of relationships, using the advice the kids heard during their interviews with our friends from Generations,” said PHS drama teacher Janet De- Jean Newton. “Ultimately, the young writer will realize that the perfect relationship cannot exist without cooperation, respect, and a willingness to ‘give and take’.”

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 in the Amphitheatre at PHS, 125 Highland Ave. Admission is free.

Cast and Technical Crew: Elisabeth Balistreri, Michael Berres, Erica Birenbaum, Molly Brooks, Arizona Fondrliak, Helena Gaisrucker, Isabell Gangano, Tannor Gonzalez, Eric Grauman, Lenea Guse, Joshua Hafemann, Jordan Hefter, Destiny Henschel, Olivia Honeck, Emily LaVine, Jordan Lomibao, Connor McManus, Jillian Myers, Abigail Phelps, Nicholas Pohl, Alan Schaefer, Cedrik Schamberger, Jaxsen Schermacher, Veronica Schroeder, Justin Schmitz, Delaney Scudella, Deklan Solonika, Hayley Stephanie, Alexander Turicik, Jacob Willeford and Quinn Zwick.


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