Theatre class to perform skits for younger children
October 28, 2001
By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
A woman driving down the road in her car listens to an update on the radio about “The Slasher,” a man going around killing people in town.
She peers out her window and sees a mysterious man on the side of the road waving her down.
Does she stop, or could it be, “The Slasher”?
“The Slasher” is one of five short skits that will be performed during the school day on Halloween by students in Amy Coleman’s high school theatre class.
The theatre students will perform for students at Craig Intermediate School, Craig Middle School, Ridgeview and Sunset Elementary.
They have already performed the skits for several of their peers at the high school.
The skits, which were chosen by the students, carry haunting messages for the audience.
In “The Hobyah’s,” two old people and a little girl are tormented by fearsome beasts that live in the forest, only they don’t know it, and their dog pays the price for trying to protect them.
In “Deadly Dress,” a girl is invited to prom by a handsome football player and picks out the most beautiful dress possible for the occasion. But, the girl is soon to learn the dress carries haunting secrets.
In “Is He Fat?” a woman is spooked by a mysterious man digging something up in a graveyard.
The fifth play, “Salem’s Lot,” features one man being mysteriously tormented by another.
All plays are five to ten minutes in length and are Halloween related, said Amy Coleman, high school theatre and English teacher.
The students worked hard to prepare for the skits and love performing for the children.
“They’re all hams,” she said.
Feed back from some students who have seen the play has been good, she said.
“I had a lot of kids in my English class say it is really cool,” she said. “Even if they don’t like it, at least they’re getting exposed to it.”
Vanessa Gillete, one of the performers in the “Is He Fat?” skit, enjoyed the performances the students have done so far.
“It was exciting,” she said. “It’s great practice for bigger steps in the future.”