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Drama Competes at ISU with Laramie Project Performance

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Mrs. Beck enjoying the benefits of competition.

Corin Newman, Reporter

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   Skyline’s Play Production class participated in a one act play contest at I.S.U.  Idaho State University April 21-22.  

 

  They performed the Laramie Project, a true story about the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming who was murdered because of the fact he was openly gay. “It’s much harder than if it weren’t real because it actually happened and it’s a sad story. Knowing that it actually happened and trying to portray a character instead of offending that person is hard because you don’t want to offend anyone, and there’s a fine line between portraying and offending,” said Annika Sorensen (10) when asked if being in a play about a true story was harder than being in a regular play.

  This incident happened in 1998 when Shepard was only 21 years old. He was killed by two of his peers, Aaron Mckinney and Russell Henderson, who were both given two consecutive life sentences.

 This play is slightly controversial and is about the struggles that this student went through mostly in his college years. It contains some mature language and themes. Shepard’s murder was a hate crime and brought tons of attention from everywhere.  The fact that this started so much talk about hate crimes and the fact that this is about someone’s sexual orientation makes it slightly controversial.

  Mrs. Beck had students playing multiple roles, and memorizing lines for more than one character is harder than when only one character’s lines are memorized. “It is much harder because they need to be completely different people, and have to have different facial expressions, voices, dialects…” Kylie Bills (11) said when asked if playing two characters with fewer lines is harder than playing one character with tons of lines.

The play is not a musical but the cast decided to add music to increase the interest and appeal. Brianna Troyer (10), who is not actually in the play, was asked to sing some songs. At the end she breaks into “What a Wonderful World”  with her ukulele accompaniment, and the entire class joins in on “Amazing Grace” once she leads them off. I love that we added the music. I think it makes it come to life, just in the respect that when you have music, it makes people realize that not all people were either for or against the whole problem in and of itself,” Troyer said.

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