While driving to Detroit or taking a train to Chicago or even flying to New York City to see a play or musical may be on a lot of people’s bucket list, enjoying the theater doesn’t have to be such a far-off idea. Saline has plenty of local talent to enjoy, as is evidenced by Saline High School Drama Club’s upcoming production of Inherit the Wind, a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.
Inherit the Wind premiered in 1955 first in Dallas, Texas, and later that same year on Broadway in New York City. The courtroom drama is a fictionalization of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which resulted in the conviction of a small-town teacher for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law. Written as a way to discuss the McCarthy trials in the mid-fifties, the themes are still pertinent today, so many years later.
According to the New York Times, "This is the play that has as its genesis in the events of the famous Scopes trial. One of the most outstanding dramas of our time. The portrait it draws of an explosive episode in American culture, vigorously written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, remains as fresh as it ever was. One of the most stirring plays in recent years retains its folk flavor and spiritual awareness in an Arena Stage production. Bursting with vitality…Literature of the stage!" (Samuelfrench.com)
Unique to this production are that some traditionally male roles were given to females, and played as females. Director Kristen Glatz wanted to allow students to try out for any part, regardless of the the gender, and two particularly notable roles - two of the lawyers on the trial - are played by female actors.
As rehearsals progressed this week, the young actors showed an impressive range of emotion and skill (and an ability to memorize copious amounts of courtroom dialogue), and brought the nearly one hundred year-old story to life on the SHS stage. The performances are sure to engage the audience and leave them thinking about and discussing themes that have been talked about for decades.
Performances are November 17th and 18th at 7:30 p.m. and November 19th at 2:00 p.m. in the Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School. Seating is general admission and tickets are $7.00 and are available at the door.
The cast includes… Sayoni Bandyopadhyay, Ellie Bauer, Tomi Byrd, Dee Covey, Emma Crisenbery, Claudia Curcione, Jake Edwards, Cristina Gonzalez, Stefania Gonzalez, Téa Hajratwala, John Harrell, Jade Hartman, Eliza Larsen, Delia Leon, Maggie Lupton, Brooklyn McLean, Ryan Moore, Alayna Musson, Eddie Ozor, Joseph Pryor, Kimberly Schamberger, Ethan Schmaltz, Joe Singh, Kylee Smith, Willow Symonds, Ayla Tighe, Collin Wagner, Allison Wall, Hannah Weatherly, and Wesley Welt. The production is directed and produced by Kristen Glatz and student directed by Courtney Pellerin.
For more information, please call (734) 401-4644 or visit https://tinyurl.com/y8ve4er5.