Audiences can enjoy the performances of high school students this weekend as they present a series of one-act plays.
The drama departments of Bullitt Central, Bullitt East and North Bullitt will showcase their acting skills Friday, Feb. 3rd and Saturday, Feb. 4th at 7:00 p.m. each evening in the Bullitt Central High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 a person at the door.
Bullitt Central’s Drama Department is producing Drop Dead, Juliet! According to teacher Sara Anderson, the play is a take-off of the William Shakespeare classic love story.
Here is a description of the play:
Juliet has had enough! Enough with the poison, enough with the stabbing, and especially enough with the dying. She wants a new story and she wants it now. More parts for girls! More romance! Less death! Romeo and Juliet will never be the same - or will it? Not everyone's so keen on the changes.
“According to the Educational Theatre Association’s annual production survey, this is the ninth most-performed short play in North American high schools,” Anderson said. “This is the first time in decades that the drama departments from all high schools in the county have worked together to put on an event and is an exciting opportunity for the community to see the talent we have in Bullitt County.”
The Bullitt East Thespians Society 5689 will perform Cagebirds by David Campton on Friday evening.
Drama teacher Daniel Barrett described the play as a psychological intrigue that pits desires for freedom and expression against those for security and conformity.
On Saturday evening, BEHS performs Harlequin Holds the Bag by David and Susan Grote.
“This a Commedia-style farce in which young lovers’ plot to outwit and escape the control of the young ingénue’s miserly father and marry,” noted Barrett.
North Bullitt students will perform The Customer is Always Wrong by Ian McWethy. The play features five teenagers starting their very first jobs. It doesn’t seem like rocket science, but it’s not long before they find out that in the minimum-wage world, the customer is king…a brutal, ruthless king.
“I know there are some good things going on in Bullitt County, so it’s nice to find a platform where we can bring all the programs together,” drama teacher Adam Elliott said. “I’m looking forward to having my students share the stage with kids from other schools who have similar interests.”
Anderson, Barrett and Elliott hope the community supports the hard work of their students by attending one night of the showcase.
They also desire that current students encourage classmates to consider participating in drama so the showcase can make an annual run.