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M-P drama presents 'The Awesome 80s Prom'

 

November 15, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Marysville-Pilchuck High School students try to convince audience members that Whitley Whitaker, center in blue, should be prom queen during a Nov. 8 rehearsal of their next play "The Awesome 80s Prom." Students, from left, Sarah Nelson, Ashley Gooding, Megan Gooding, Jesus German and Morgan Reed.

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School drama department plans to take locals back to the '80s with their latest show, "The Awesome 80s Prom."

The show began last week and will continue with showings on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium at 5611 108th St. NE, Marysville.

The first scene begins at 7:30 p.m. during each showing, however there is a pre-show at 7 p.m. where audience members can begin meeting the characters.

The show was originally an Off-Broadway production known for being much more interactive than a typical play.

That spirit of audience involvement will continue with M-PHS' version.

"A lot of our show is trying to get the audience involved as much as we can," said Ashlyn Stoker, a junior at M-PHS.

"We go down into the audience and talk with them and interact with them," she said.

Audience members are encouraged to dress as if they were going to prom if they want to. They'll also likely be asked to sign yearbooks or dance.

"Our goal is to have the audience up and dancing by the end of the night," said Stoker.

There will also be a vote for prom king and prom queen at the end of the play that the audience can participate in.

Stoker said that the drama department has never had this level of interaction in their plays before.

With all the audience involvement, there is also a lot of improvisation for actors.

"For every scripted scene there is a scene that is not scripted at all and we just get to interact with everyone and see what they're thinking," said Amanda Littell, an M-PHS junior.

"It's really fun to stay in character and talk to the audience as the person," she said.

Student Morgan Reed said most of the actors had never tried that amount of improv acting before.

"At first we were a little bit nervous because we'd never heard or done anything like it. But when we started looking at the lines and looking more into it, we were getting excited," he said.

Stoker said she enjoys trying to find her character through talking with the audience members.

"I really like the improv because the writer gave us such a large range of what we can do," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Rachel Bartholomew's character Missy Martin gives a speech after being named one of the prom queen candidates during a Nov. 8 rehearsal of Marysville-Pilchuck High School's next play "The Awesome 80s Prom."

The story is filled with '80s references and '80s-type movie characters.

"Everything you can think of from a '80s high school movie," said Littell.

"It's really funky and has everything you would think of from the '80s, like cringe-y decorations to all of those wonderful songs," said Stoker.

The show follows the disagreements between many of the students.

"I like the argument that Dickie Harrington and Missy Martin have," said Reed. "It's one of the bigger parts and you get to hear about the quarrel between them."

Many of the students also say they enjoyed working on the play.

"I like meeting new people. This is my first play so I liked learning about getting over things I've been fearing," said M-PHS student Angela Ferguson.

"It's been amazing seeing how many friends I've made," she said.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students with an ASB card and $5 for seniors.

 

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