The Salem High School Drama Club is in the midst of memorizing lines as they prepare for their annual fall production. With only eight actors and actresses, each member has a significant role in the thought-provoking play “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” written by Robert Fulghums. It’s the story of kids and their journey from kindergarten, college, and into adulthood facing real life problems, such as death, chores, and spiders.
“I chose this play because the stories are relevant to our students and community. It’s humorous, sweet and thought-provoking. It runs the whole realm,” said director Richard Trueblood, who was been doing plays since 1968. “The play offered many parts and it let more people and more characters are in the production.”
The cast of eight is made up of seniors Josh Medlock, Frank Levering and Angel Wiseman, sophomores Ben Dowen, Brenna Blackwell, and Lexus Hoskins, freshmen Katherine LaHue and Wade LaHue.
“Half of the cast has never been in a high school production. I’m excited to see how they develop their characters and how their confidence boosts,” Trueblood says.
Medlock, Levering, Wiseman, and Hoskins are returning drama club members.
“This is my first play, other than church nativity scenes,” said Katherine LaHue, “I played Mary and said things like ‘oh, there’s the stable. It will do.’ I’m very nervous.” Katherine is involved in marching band but says drama is much more nerve-wracking. “In marching band, there’s no originality, you’re all the same.”
There are Drama Club shirts for sale, $12 for club members and $15 for the public that can be bought from any club member or Mr. Trueblood at the middle school. The productions of the play are Saturday, November 20 at 7:00, Sunday, November 21 at 2:00, and Monday, November 22 at 7:00 at the Middle School auditorium.
– By Heather Nale, Staff Writer