By Praycious Wilson-Gay
Teen Arts Co-Editor
the Durham VOICE
As we near the end of the semester, schools are showcasing their winter productions. Hillside High School put on the production of “High School Musical,” Jordan put on the production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and DSA with “With Their Eyes.”
While watching my favorite new television show and anticipating which tickets to buy, I began to wonder if popular media affected play productions or does play productions affect popular media? After interviewing a few area Drama Club members I am still on the fence with this question. While attendance at school plays seem to be up, casting the parts seems to be more difficult.
Jalen Baker, a member of the High School Musical Production says that the expectations of the alumni are high and it has the greatest impact on support for the plays. The reputation of the Hillside High School’s drama department affects the attendance of the plays regardless of what production is being put on.
“Finding the raw talent at this level becomes more difficult though.” A teacher reported. I was surprised that even “class jokesters” were afraid to come and audition for the drama club.
Taking on challenges and overcoming fears is a big part of the high school experience. Having the guts to step out and showcase your talent is a definite way to do this. It would be excellent if high school youth considered trying out for the spring productions at their school. Another forum to consider is a community drama department such as DREAM at Holton Career and Resource Center. They will be putting on a production called “Decisions.” The play will focus on the choices that teens must make in their everyday lives. We all enjoy school plays and T.V. shows that mimic school plays, so why not become partakers instead of spectators only.