An Insider's View on the Fall Drama
The season of sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes is officially upon us, and for the students of Henderson High School, that means one thing: the annual fall drama. To get more information on this highly anticipated performance, I sat down with Mr. Bill Anderson, English teacher and faculty advisor for the drama club.
AP: So tell me a little bit about the show.
BA: Well this play is primarily Antigone, but we have also tried to modernize it by juxtaposing it with a series of scenes out of a homeowners meeting gone awry that will reflect Antigone and its current relevance. The homeowners association section was developed and written by the students, as were all the social media content that appear throughout the show.
AP: What exactly went into getting this show ready for the stage this year?
BA: This play has required more from our drama club participants than ever before. Usually, we just get the rights to a play, learn the lines, and work it out onstage, but this play really allowed the students to be in the shoes of the playwrights. This is the first play being staged in the LGI, which we chose because it’s a more intimate space. Antigone is a play that only puts one or two characters onstage at a time, and we wanted to ensure that those scenes didn’t get lost on an oversized stage. Staging the play in the LGI presented some logistical problems, but Dr. Sherlock helped a lot with making it possible.
The 2018 fall drama highlights a dazzling cast of student actors, many of whom are making their onstage debut at Henderson. This year’s production will be opening on Thursday, November 1st, at 7 pm in the Henderson LGI, room 156, with an additional performance on Friday the 2nd at 7 pm. Tickets are free, but seating is limited, so the production team and crew suggest that those interested in attending arrive by 6:50. Anyone so moved is asked to please make a $2 donation towards future drama club productions.