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story contributed by Ornella Pintos, LEHS journalism student
Whenever someone says the word “theatre” people tend to relate it to Shakespeare's, “Romeo and Juliet” or Arthur Miller's, “Death of A Salesman.”
Theater, in fact, is so much more than that. The theatre program at Little Elm High School is currently preparing to compete in the annual One-Act Play competition. A One-Act Play is a play with seven minutes to set up, a 18-40 minute play and then seven minutes to strike.
Many high schools from all over the state compete, going from district competition and working their way up, hopefully to state. The LEHS theatre program is doing a play called “Journey to the World's Edge.”
The play is an “Irish folktale in a modern storytelling tradition,” according to Rachel Carothers, the Theatre Department's director. The story follows a little girl named Brigid Shawn O'Grady. She has a club foot which in that time period caused her to be classified as a freak. Her parents isolated her from the outside world in fear of what their daughter may experience.
Carothers elaborated, “Really the play is about bullying, and about only being able to see yourself through other people's eyes, because when she goes out into the world she realizes other people see her as a freak, and so she goes out on an epic adventure where she encounters mythical creatures and she overcomes extraordinary challenges to prove that she is worthy of being fixed and of course there is a surprise ending.”
Laureen Karichu, a senior and Vice President of the International Thespian Society (ITS), encourages students and staff to watch the performance which will take place prior to UIL. An exact date for that performance has not been set. Those details will be published at a later date.