School Play Tackles Impact Of Drug Use

During the play "Addict" a one act play at an alcohol and pill party, several young adults are engaging in risky behavior. Kayla Cranford, far left, Hannah Welker, Dakota Martin, chat and laugh it up while they drink. Cody Schuler offers Leah Brahm a handful of pills that later prove to cause great bodily harm. The first performance was Thursday,  with additional shows today at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

During the play "Addict" a one act play at an alcohol and pill party, several young adults are engaging in risky behavior. Kayla Cranford, far left, Hannah Welker, Dakota Martin, chat and laugh it up while they drink. Cody Schuler offers Leah Brahm a handful of pills that later prove to cause great bodily harm. The first performance was Thursday, with additional shows today at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The Payson High School drama department will explore the consequences of dangerous drug use this week with “Addict,” the first play of the year.

The play will offer a series of small stories dealing with drug use — and the persistent denial that makes it possible.

The first performance is Thursday, Sept. 22 with additional shows through Saturday, Sept 24. at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Fridays show is at 4 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door.

“Addict” is a multi-vignette play by Jerome McDonough. The play explores the horrors of drug and alcohol abuse when children and adults decide to explore the world of controlled substances. The playwright hopes that youth’s perpetual belief, “it can’t happen to me” will be shattered with his eye-opening drama, according to the publisher’s Web site (http://www.ieclark.com/plays/

addict.html).

Producers have labeled the play PG-13 because of the sensitive material, but hope all interested youth will attend.

The PHS drama department originally performed this play in 2000. Past directors were: John Siler, 2000; Kathy Siler, 2003; and in 2007 a former PHS drama graduate who played the lead role in 2000.

This year, drama volunteer Thomas Walling will direct the play and give it a different twist with an all-metal set, special effects and a multi-media flair. Kathy Siler will serve as technical director. Seniors Brooke Collins and Josh Leonard will do the lighting, while senior Johnathon Rockwell heads up the sound. Senior Andrew Kofile is in charge of multi-media.

Senior Gabe Hesson will play the rock star, Ken Starr, who offers the surprise ending. Junior Emily Price will play Marcy, a character who opens the play in a scene with drugs in lockers. Junior Savannah Wiseman does double duty as the stage manager and the lead in of the short scenes.

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