Make Your Way to See a Fall Play

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Story by: Sadie Webb

The Lee’s Summit West theater department is tackling a whole new genre of plays this year with, Fall plays, Rabbit Hole and Triangle Factory Fire Project.

‘’I wanted to explore something dramatic this year. We had done comedies the past few years, we did shakespeare, we did traditional farce comedies, we did murder mysteries but we hadn’t really, in the time i’ve been here, explored dramatic works. We had the right group of actors who really wanted to take on something difficult and something that really challenged them,’’ said Mr. Rackers, director of Rabbit Hole and Triangle Factory Fire Project.

‘’I’ve been doing theater at Lee’s Summit West as long as possible. I audition for everything that I can, but I was really excited and I really wanted to be in this show because it just seemed very interesting. I’ve never really done anything dramatic like this before,’’ said Junior Emily Coffin.

Senior Stephenie Hockaday has never done this dramatic of a piece,but was up for the challenge. “Rabbit hole is very dark content wise. I have never experienced what my character has so finding truthful emotion has been a challenge,” said Hockaday.

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Theatre buffs have put in countless hours since school’s start in order to make the Fall plays the best they can be. Photo by Sophie Piatczyc

There have been many challenges with this new type of play, but the actors/ actresses are looking at it as a chance to grow in their acting abilities. “I think like I said before it has to do with being able to be in a play that is dramatic and deals with subject matter like this while still being able to be light hearted about it. This is probably the first show where they’ve actually told us ‘you need to actually figure out who this person is and you need to figure out how they interact with all these different people and how their head is working through all of this and how they feel about everything and how they feel about these people and the situation’,” said

Rabbit Hole will be performed on October 11th and 12th and Triangle Factory Fire Project October 17th-19th.

“I think its an opportunity for an audience to see some really see some true acting. It’s not something funny or silly but something for people to kind of feel about and think about and go ‘Oh wow I didn’t know or I didn’t think that way before’ so I think its a way for people to sorta think differently and change maybe their viewpoints on things,” said Rackers

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