Durham high schools preparing for fall dramas

By Praycious Wilson-Gay
Teen Arts Co-Editor
The Durham VOICE

As the school year has started the local high school theatre departments have started to buzz. Auditions are being set and plays have been selected. The line-up:

Self-portait by Praycious Wilson-Gay

Riverside High School: “All in the Timing” by David Ives.
“All in the Timing” is a collection of 14 one-act plays by the American playwright David Ives. They are short and funny plays, with a lot of word play.

Northern High School: “The Little Prince” by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar. “The Little Prince” is based the classic book of the same title by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. The play is said to have the same plot but different detail changes. The most profound changed detail is the musical aspect that has been added.

Jordan High School: “The Miss Firecracker Contest.”
This play is about a young woman who thinks that winning the local beauty contest will restore her soiled reputation and make her somebody in her small Mississippi community. The family and friends who help her along the way are a dysfunctional bunch who tackle life in their own peculiar ways.

Durham School of the Arts: “A Flea in her Ear.”
This play is a French farce about a woman that suspects her husband is cheating on her. So she writes him a love letter from a secret admirer and tries to set him up. The husband doesn’t think that the letter is for him, so he gives it to the “lady’s man.” This play is all about the huge mix-ups that occur at the hotel and in the relationships. Eventually everything is resolved and back to normal.

Since it is so early in the season, continue to check the school websites to see when the plays will occur. Although school budgets have been cut and some programs have been eliminated, it’s a relief that other programs were able to survive.

The Arts often reflect public opinion, so it should be a part of public education.