MAC Drama Club to present ‘High School Confidential’
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The Mount Ayr Community High School Drama Club will present its spring production, “High School Confidential,” Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. both nights in the high school auditorium.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
“High School Confidential,” by Dan Ahearn and Janet Reed with music and lyrics by Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, deals with life in an American high school.
Take a group of high-school students waiting at the bus stop on a Monday morning after a crazy weekend and watch the hilarity and anxiety explode due to unreturned texts from a girlfriend, parental pressures, friendship tensions, fashion mistakes that have “loser” written all over them, athletic ambitions and academic terrors.
The teens express their expectations and uncertainties in the haunting song “High School.”
The bland announcer over the loudspeaker tells everyone that fellow student Josh Becker committed suicide over the weekend.
Monologues convey each student’s reaction—including hidden fears that bullying may have led to Josh’s death.
“Teenage Brain” is a brilliant point-counterpoint song that captures the panic of trying to retain the massive amount of information students are expected to know in every subject they encounter.
“Gimme a Break” gets faster and faster as the time for lunch, fun and hanging with friends is running out.
“Ask Me to Dance” reveals the dread and excitement of going to the high-school dance.
By the end of the day, many truths are confronted as the students learn to face their lives with hope.
“High School Confidential” was first produced at Primary Stages, the award-winning off-Broadway theatre company.