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Freshman Plays Presented at Wheeling Park High School

Wheeling Park High School Students featured in the upcoming Freshman Plays include, from left, Devyn Poole, Nya Waitts and Laykin Milton.

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School’s Introduction to Speech and Theater classes will present two one-act plays beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Phyllis A. Beneke Theater.

The plays, “Appropriate Audience Behavior” and “The Internet is a Distract–Oh Look a Kitten,” both by Ian McWethy, will provide an evening of fun entertainment for audiences of all ages.

In “Appropriate Audience Behavior,” Carol and Ashley are expecting a tale of woe as they take their seats to watch Hamlet, but the real tragedy is that they’re sitting next to the world’s noisiest weirdos. The audience takes the spotlight as everyone from a cough-drop obsessive to a guy watching the play like a football game steals the show from the unseen Shakespearean masterpiece.

An outrageously meta comedy that reminds us where the drama belongs — onstage.

In “The Internet is a Distract–Oh Look a Kitten,” Mike only has 20 minutes to finish his paper on The Great Gatsby. He just needs to check a few facts on the internet first. Unfortunately, the web is a nefariously wacky place where boxing cats, Facebook lurkers, and pig-throwing games threaten to take over Mike’s schoolwork, or worse. Will he finish his paper and escape with his life before the school bell rings?

A high-octane comedy that explores the rabbit hole of distraction we all go down everytime we go online. Mrs. Isabella Droginske directs the plays and also teaches the Introduction to Speech and Theater classes. A tradition in the Fine and Performing Arts Department, the “freshman plays,” as they are known, allow incoming freshmen the opportunity to develop their acting skills. Freshmen plays are presented once each semester.

For the freshman plays, tickets may be purchased on the afternoon of the performance.

The next performance for the theater department, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is scheduled for Nov. 15-17 in the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center.

Tickets will go on sale later during the month of October.

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