Lights, Camera, Students?!?

First Drama Club Show Written and Directed by Students

Cast and Crew Listening to Director Notes.

Harley Johnson, Assistant Editor

Mr. Ranger Puterbaugh, Language Arts teacher and Drama Club director, isn’t directing the fall Drama Club shows. Instead, seven students are taking the helm by directing their own student-written plays.

“We try to have student written plays every couple of years, and it lined up well with the auditorium under renovations,” said Puterbaugh.

The seven students directing plays include: freshman Jeffrey Rucker, sophomore Conner Gray, sophomore Josh Thompson, junior Maggie Salata, junior Beekensa Ngu, senior Kiani Hayes, and senior Allen Van Luvender. All of the students had interest in writing and directing their own productions, and peers will see seven unique plays.

“Past experiences that weren’t great [helped inspire my script],” said Thompson.

The plays, which range from drama to comedy, include: Class of Fame by Rucker, Soul Mates by Gray, Not So Perfect Love by Thompson, A Cavalier in Turmoil by Salata, The Cries of Our Hearts by Ngu, Deserted by Hayes, and Knights in Tights by Van Luvender.

Class of Fame is comedy about a unique class of high school students where everyone is a younger version of a famous historical and cultural figure as they all struggle to find their calling in life.

Soul Mates is a drama about Fate, a being that controls the threads of life, and how he intervenes to keep two souls together forever, and the consequences of that action.

Not So Perfect Love is a drama about the history of a “perfect” relationship and explores what is really going on behind the scenes.

A Cavalier in Turmoil is comedy about the adventures of Princess Jess, who is tired of being locked away because she is the princess, but now it’s her turn to save the knight.

The Cries of Our Hearts is a drama about the events of several high school students being bullied for various reasons, and how they learn to cope and stick up for themselves.

Deserted is a comedy about three people stuck on a deserted island, and two of the three people don’t always get along.

Knights in Tights is a comedy about the tale of Sir Tom, the last person knighted by King Arthur, and his band of misfit knights as they battle against Tom’s arch enemy: Sir Nega-Tom.

Some students wrote with a strong purpose.

“I wanted to make people feel good about themselves and to show them something they’ll relate to,” said Ngu.

The plays have numerous cast members, some of which are in more than one play.

The plays will be performed on the cafeteria stage on October 27, 28, and 30. October 27 and 28, performances will start at 7:30 p.m. and the performance on the 30 will begin at 2:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale before the plays begin.