“I learned that there’s really no reward for being a gossip. To be an honest person, everything works out better that way,” she said. “There’s a lot of ‘he said, she said’ in this play, and it just makes everything worse. So I take that to heart.”
Jake Marsh, fellow junior and assistant to the director, said he has learned through the characters that things are not always what they seem. Also, from real life, he’s learning how to work hard and then see the effort come to fruition.
“I get to see it every day, see it improve, like having a child almost, how they grow up and flourish into something beautiful, which hopefully it turns out to be,” he said.
Norman North senior Josh Poteet plays the town voice of reason, Peck Johnson. Poteet acknowledged the difficulties of learning lines and memorizing stage blocking, but he is confident in the benefits of such an experience.
“I think it’s worth it all in the end,” he said. “Coming out of high school, math and science is pounded so hard into our brains, that the liberal arts can play a huge role in developing you as a human being in general, as a productive member of society.”
And Poteet said the audience will reap benefits, as well.
“They’re going to get a great show,” he said. “It’s going to make them think. It’s just an overall great performance from a bunch of talented kids.”
And that’s the truth.