By: Monica D.
Duxbury High School’s Drama Club is in the process of putting on the annual Senior Class Plays, a three-show event where members of the senior class, this year the class of 2014, are given a chance to try a new skill and perform on stage. The shows this year were selected by three sets of senior directors. Spencer D. and Caroline O. with Cut, Stephen M. and Shannon H. with 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, and Emily Z. and Jack D. with The Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World.
The students participating in these productions range from star athletes to veteran performers. However, the senior class’s ability to carry their confidence has created an illusion that the entire cast has had plenty of experience on stage. Spencer said, “It’s interesting to work with people who haven’t acted because they themselves, and I are often surprised with what they can do”. Emily, President of the high school’s drama club, commented further and said, “Senior Class Plays are one of my favorite shows that we do, the participants haven’t acted before, but it isn’t about acting as much as it is about school spirit and having fun”.
The skills of the students are nothing compared to the memories that they will all walk away with. Senior Ainsley M., who can be seen singing in The Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World, said, “It [the plays] puts everyone out of their comfort zone but it is so worth it, I’ve already made so many memories”. Senior Bella M. said, “I’ve never been involved in drama before this production, I thought it would be more intimidating but everyone has been really accepting. The majority of our cast has never acted before but we’ve all improved so much already, it’s shocking to me”. Bella’s cast mate Jim C. continued and said, “I didn’t expect it to be nearly as fun as it is, but it has been quite the pleasant surprise”
Senior Class Plays are also an opportunity to break through the concrete cliques that are so common in high school. Senior Kellianna S., who scored the lead in both this years and last year’s musical, said, “It is a great bonding experience and brings people who you wouldn’t expect to find hanging out together all in the same room. Senior Class Plays expose so many hidden talents”. The barriers that one production breaks down can have a lasting impact on high school student’s memories.
The Senior Class Plays are a well-liked tradition at Duxbury High School. Students throughout the school look forward to the final production. Junior Ginny W. said, “It’s funny to watch people I’d never imagine to be up on stage acting, but they’ve always put on a great show!” All three of the shows require a lot of effort, but the outcome is said to be nothing short of fantastic. The shows will be performed December 13th and 14th at 7:30 in the Duxbury High School auditorium.