Every year Fremont High School students put on a performance known as the Center Stage Showcase -- but this isn't just your average high school play.
Everything from the scripts to the costumes to the set design in Center Stage Showcase is made by the students. This may seem like a risky move by the drama director, but with firsthand experience, I can say that the final production is pretty amazing to see.
The showcase is a series of one-act plays that are written, directed and acted out by the students themselves. This year there were five plays that were spotlighted on Feb. 2-5.
"Timmy the Time Traveling Teen" is just what it sounds like. A teen travels through time and has many adventures along the way. Or if you're looking for a play without so many aliens, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to 5th Period" is just that. It's about your average day at school with bullies, the popular kids, and everyone else planning how they are going to get to the next class.
"The Turn of the Screw" is based off of the original play and novel of the same name and is re-done very well. "Check, Please!" covers all the drama associated with blind dating. And "The Lottery" is set in a small town with a secret activity that you don't know about until the very end.
Aubrey Obray, drama instructor, gave a couple of reasons why she allows her students to have this experience.
"I sincerely believe it is my responsibility to help teach these students how to become leaders and to follow through with their obligations and responsibilities," she says.
Obray says she also believes the showcase will help the students have a better understanding of the world. The students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and really apply it to real life, and in this year's production, they did it very well.
Other than the teacher watching her students grow, the showcase is something the students enjoy all on their own. Treydn Stenberg, an actor in one of the plays, says that he enjoys the showcase because he can work with the directors and really learn how to do good work.
"I like the one-on-one time," Stenberg, a senior, says. "I've been able to learn a lot from everyone."
Outside of the production itself, watching the plays is a new experience. Brittany Boltz, a showcase actress and a senior, says, "The variety is really nice because everyone will find something they like."
This year's five plays varied from small-village life to time travel and everywhere in between. Everyone in the audience found something that interested them, and many of us found the whole experience very new and fun.
My favorite play this year was "The Lottery." I was guessing at what was coming next the whole time, and yet the ending was still very unexpected. I've never felt so many different emotions in one play.
If you're looking for something to make you laugh, cry, stare in amazement and grip the edges of your seat, you can find all of that here in the showcase. The students are very talented, and it showed throughout the plays. Everyone, actors and audience alike, had a great night out participating in or watching the Center Stage Showcase.
Jaycie Miller is a senior at Fremont High School. She enjoys debate, and having fun with her friends and family. E-mail her at email@example.com