Lakewood High School drama students will bring the irreverent and absurd comedy ‘Crazytown’ to their stage this week.
The play will be held on Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. at the Lakewood High School Performing Arts Center at 17023 11th Ave. NE, Arlington.
Cost is $8 for the general public and $5 for students with an ASB card.
“It’s basically a giant comedy, definitely more along the satire lines. The kids are having a lot of fun with it because there’s a lot of current and pop culture references they get to make,” said Emily May, director of the school’s drama program.
Students said they enjoyed the amount of humor in the play.
“I think the audience will like the amount of weird jokes that we have,” said Lee Schandel, assistant stage manager.
“A lot of the tropes on this play have been put on their heads,” said Lucy Johnson, a student director for the play.
“There’s an elementary school debate but they talk as if they were actual presidential candidates,” she said.
Scenes often involve different happenings around ‘Crazytown.’
Student Warren Burroughs said he plays a police officer in an interrogation scene.
“Kimball is kind of a very tired and pessimistic cop. In my scene we’re trying to interrogate a guy for being too nice,” he said.
Anna Reitz, one of the student actors, plays a television news anchor giving updates about the town.
“Babs is a news anchor who just wants to get news out but has to deal with all the craziness of Crazytown and has to pretend to like her co-reporter,” she said.
Scenes in the play are largely independent, woven together through the newsroom desk scenes of the play, said May.
“The kids have been asking for the opportunity to direct and we would always run out of time in the schedule to do one-act plays, so when we found this play we thought this is a good comedy with these separate acts,” she said.
This is the first play the school has tried student directors.
“It’s been fascinating to see them grow into this experience,” said May.
Students said they are learning a lot about what goes in to making a play work.
“It’s been really interesting. It’s cool to see behind the curtain and see what our teacher has to deal with,” said Kael Bartness, one of the student directors.
“It’s a lot of things that you wouldn’t have thought about,” he said.
Johnson also agreed that she’s learning a lot.
“I’ve been a part of this program since it started and it’s fun to see all the new faces and get to work with them and coach them on the basics of acting and blocking,” she said.
Students said they enjoyed being part of the drama community at the school and like the student-led aspects of this play.
“I really enjoy being stage manager because I get to figure out where everything goes,” said Schandel. “It’s fun to be involved. I used to be an actor but I still like being involved in the plays.”
Actors agreed that they enjoyed being part of something being put together largely by students.
“I like everything the student directors have been doing, it’s really coming together,” said Reitz.
“It’s going well even with this being the first year of us doing this,” she said.
“And that’s not just us trying to sell the play, we really think it’s coming together well and I enjoy the script,” said Burroughs.