Submitted by Angela Bin, Feb. 15
“Modern poverty in the age of entitlement” is the design concept and message behind the Fort Scott High School Thespian spring production.
The play is a drama called “Missing” by Charles Way and will be performed at7:30 p.m., on Feb. 25 and 27 in the Fort Scott High School Auditorium. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the $5 tickets are available at the door. Funds raised will support the FSHS Thespian Troupe #7365.
The publisher says, “’Missing’ is a gripping story of a brother desperately searching for his missing sister in a sinister world of deceit and unknown peril. It is a modern day fairytale about two poor children surviving desperate circumstances through a rich mix of imaginative power, loyalty, love and sheer cunning.”
Due to the nature of story, parental guidance is suggested.
“The play is student-designed from the ground up,” said FSHS drama teacher and Thespian sponsor Angie Bin. “Teams of students chose the costuming, sound, make-up and hairstyles, set design and lighting options for the show. They were also presented with an innovative script in which the lines of dialogue were not assigned to any particular character. The cast, along with student directors senior Blaine Thompson and junior Mikayla Norris, chose which character would say each line in the show.”
Sophomore Kiel Hall makes his stage debut as the character of Hansel, freshman Brooklyn Lyons plays Grethel, junior Suzi Owen takes on the role of the Stepmother and senior Nate Mead plays the Father. In supplemental roles, junior Hunter Parker is the role of the Cousin and freshman Daniela Belcuore stands in as Grethel’s imaginary friend. Freshmen Hunter Adamson and Mary Gladbach, sophomore Xavier Watkins, and junior Clayton White serve as Narrators.
The play was originally co-commissioned by Theatr Iolo and Germany’s Theater Consol in 2009 to address the issue of ‘poverty.’
Playwright Charles Way said, “I began to address not the ‘issue’ of poverty, but the ’question’ of poverty. What is it in a country where almost everyone has their basic needs met? I then began to merge the story of Hansel and Grethel with several real life stories from across Europe where emotional poverty had led to dramatic incidents and ‘Missing’ came into being.”
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*Photo opportunities are available at the 7:30 p.m. dress rehearsals on Feb. 22 and 24