It is a script that holds true to the old adage that, ‘there are no small parts,’ which is why this play was chosen for the group to perform.
“The reason I was attracted to it was the fact that there were lots of really good roles for a number of actors, and they all get to be on stage for a great amount of time,” Ryan said. “Nobody has a little part where they carry on a spear and say two words and walk off.”
Ryan described the story as an, “interesting journey” and explained that each of the characters has secrets. They all have a different story they are set on telling.
“In every small community like that pretty much everybody knows exactly what happened but there’s an official story that everyone is committed to maintaining as the truth, and so they go about the business of sort of white washing the truth as to what actually happened,” he said.
Ryan said the play is not intended for young children but that an older audience will likely enjoy the challenge of following the story and figuring out the truth.
“The story requires you to be on your toes. It’s not an easy story, but if they want to see young people on the verge of adulthood grappling with really serious questions of honor and honesty, decency, how it is to try to live in a community with other people, and what it takes just to tell the truth when everybody around you wants to believe in a lie, it would be an exciting thing to come see,” he said.
These deeper lessons are not lost on the student actors.
Nicholette Inocente, junior at Norman North, plays the town gossip, Wilma Atkins, and said the role has impacted her.