SUNBURY – Real emotion in the play, ugly crying and a weeping audience…the rich reaction to Shikellamy High School’s theater competition team’s big win over the weekend. With that performance, Shikellamy’s ‘Laramie Project’ won the state drama championship.
Junior Anna Wiest says it was an exciting moment, “I shot out of my seat, and then I ‘ugly cried’ a lot.”
‘Laramie Project’ is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was an openly gay university student there.
Shikellamy Senior Derek Matthews played the role of the father of Matthew Shepard and says it had an emotional impact on him, “It gives out a really wonderful message that I know impacted the audience that saw it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard as many sniffs from an auditorium as I did this show.”
Ellen Boyer, Shikellamy Theater Program Director, says the program’s approach to do the show was trying to ‘live as the characters,’ “These are real people. Their words were taken directly from the interviews. This is exactly what they felt, exactly how they interpreted the situation and reacted to it.”
The program next has a forensics speech tournament coming up, followed by three performances of, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” Jan 17-20.