As the school year came to a close, the WCHS Drama Class performed their second play of the year. They had presented a series of skits previously as their holiday season performance. The students had been working on the play all year, aside from a break to work on the holiday performance. The students devoted themselves to their rigorous practice and memorization of lines and stage movements that a play required.
The play in question was The Bottom of the Lake, a piece by Steven Stack. The play features main character Dani (played by Samantha Dixson) alone in the woods, having wandered off from her summer camp group. She meets three other girls from another camp, and the group of campers tell ghost stories to pass the time.
The instructor for the class, as well as the director for the play, was WCHS English teacher, Jared Criswell. He praised the students highly in the director’s note he included in the play’s program, with statements such as, “The young actors you are about to see on stage have done a tremendous job of preparing for this performance, and hope that you truly enjoy the fruits of their labor!” It is understandable that he was incredibly proud of his students’ efforts.
The students also enjoyed the chance they had to grow and work with one another. The connectivity of a class that isn’t just a learning environment but a work environment is incredible. “No matter what, you have to get along with everyone,” WCHS student Matthew Piercy stated. Courtney Griffin agreed, adding, “Once we came together and worked together we could make it happen.” The students in the class are taught that they must work together and compromise.
(l-r): Student actors Jasmine Wise, Matthew Piercy, and Destanie McGuire practicing for the performance
Kendall Sumner and Lauren Antoine running through their lines
Ruthie Foster and Savannah Stapleton got into character and worked on a scene