Five Kinds of Silence

We will perform Five Kinds of Silence, by Shelagh Stephenson, on October 2, 3 and 4. All proceeds will go to Promise Place,  a local agency that works to prevent domestic violence and provides shelter for victims of domestic violence. In addition, a Promise Place staff member will make a presentation after each show. Please join us for a powerful and thought-provoking evening – and help us support the wonderful and necessary work Promise Place does.

Five Kinds of Silence deals with domestic abuse and the lasting effects it can have. This show may be disturbing to younger audience members.

Reasons to Pay Attention to Domestic Abuse:

  •  One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
  • 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
  • In 2013, 116 Georgia citizens lost their lives due to domestic violence.
  • In 2012, 7,750 victims and their children were provided refuge in a Georgia domestic violence shelter.
  • Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
  • Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.

Ensemble

Read-through for all cast and crew: Monday, August 18, 4-6pm.

Thank you to everyone who auditioned – this was not an easy decision. I’ll try to have the feedback for everyone on Monday.

Connor: Lawyer 1 and Policeman  (interviewing the family)

Cristina: Lawyer 2 and Policewoman (with Janet in the jail)

Alex M: Detective and Psychiatrist 1

Kalynn: Inspector, Psychiatrist 2

I may switch some of the roles depending on how the reading goes. See you on Monday!

The Four Leads

I don’t want to drag this out too long. I’m still working on the ensemble and trying to figure out how many people I can cast (and I also need to get a few schedules from people) but I’ve decided on the leads.

Billy: Jordan I

Mary: Kaylee LLLLLLLLLL

Susan: Emily B

Janet: Claire H

I will try to have the ensemble posted by 7pm tomorrow, but I have a lot to think about since there were a lot of great auditions. Thank you to everyone who auditioned!

The one act play will be Five Kinds of Silence

Why Five Kinds of Silence?

For me, it comes down to the play being about more than just theater. It allows us to address a social problem that isn’t talked about much – certainly at the high school level, but one that we know some students and parents are dealing with. Five Kinds of Silence is a play that can change lives – if nothing else, by some audience members realizing that they are not the only person to deal with the problem.

We will work on making our performances at McIntosh more of an event, with guests speakers and discussions after each show. I hope we can address such topics as how to get out of a bad situation and how people can help those who deal with domestic violence.

After the reading yesterday, I liked Women of Lockerbie more than I ever had before and I know we could do a great job with it. My emotional side wants to go with Lockerbie, but Five Kinds of Silence appeals to the educator in me – it’s too great of a learning opportunity to turn down. 

Auditions for the One Act

Will be be August 13 and 14, with callbacks (if necessary) on the 15th. We will perform the play for McIntosh on October 2,3 and 4. The date of the competition has not yet been announced. 

No, I don’t know what play it will be yet. I will make a decision before the start of school.

You should start working on a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue. I will post more information and tips on auditioning later.

McCademy Awards

Thank you to everyone for such a great year! We had over 100 individual students and more than 20 parents involved in the three shows and I am so proud of all that they have accomplished. The awards below recognize some of the outstanding moments and contributions of the year. Again, thanks to everyone for all of the hard work and for having such great attitudes!

The Katie MacKeil Award goes to the student that everyone loves to work with – the person with the best attitude, the student who is always positive and friendly, and is happy to be part of the team, no matter how large or small the role. Awarded to Katie MacKeil

Best Choreography Under Pressure and Interference from the Director: Yasmeen Griffin

Best Pronunciation of Obscure Medical Terminology: Nicole Nipper

Most Thoughtful, Perceptive and Empathetic: Katy Laughlin

Best Bedside Manner: Kaylee Lloyd as Nurse Susie in Wit

Most Astonishing, Intelligent, Mature, Thoughtful and Moving Performance: Mikeila McQueston as Vivian

Most Awesome Costume Design: Mikayla DuBreuil for Meat Gone Bad

Most Willing to do Whatever it Takes to Get Things Done: Morgan McNally

Funniest Moment:  Sophie Miller for “Leave Roxy alone!” and Trent DeHart for “Pansy.”

Most Moving Moment: Maria McCranie as E.M. reading the Runaway Bunny to Vivian

Best Completely Improvised Soy-Based Character: Kalynn Henderson as Tofu

Outstanding Achievement in Writing: Kenzie Knudson for Georgia Peach

Best On-Stage Fermentation: Emily Bunker as Grape

The Jordan Iacovella Award is for the Best Performance of an Inebriated Character. Awarded to Jordan Iacovella for Cuke

Best Destruction of Props and Set: Jessie McCord as T-Bone

Best Singing While Risking One’s Life Suspended Above the Stage on a Possibly Unsafe Contraption Made from Rope and Spare Parts: Shelby Bock as Velma Kelly

Best Transformation for Lame to Rad – Whoo-Hoo!: Connor Lawhead as Leek

Craziest Theatrical Debut: Josh Andrew Mattingly as Rib Eye

Most Energetic Performance: Gregor Haas as Bacon and Lily Ramos as Drumstick

Best Crying in the Meat Section: Jennifer Chamblee as Pork Chop

Best Crying in the Produce Section: Kyle Hamlin as Onion