Fall play brings folklore to WHS

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Fall play brings folklore to WHS

A flyer promoting the fall play.

A flyer promoting the fall play.

Julie Townsend

A flyer promoting the fall play.

Julie Townsend

Julie Townsend

A flyer promoting the fall play.

Sarah Augustine and Yara Attar

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Every fall, throngs of parents and students fill the auditorium to watch a story unfold in front of their eyes. This year’s fall play will aim to provide this same experience to its viewers through its unique plot that has both supernatural and romantic elements.

Taking place in the Appalachian Valley during the 1930s, this year’s fall play, “Dark of the Moon” will be English teacher and drama director Anne Slotnick’s first production at WHS.

“There was a book written in 1945 by Howard Richardson and William Berney. It is inspired by a community that the authors grew up in and the folklore that they learned as kids. It is a tragic story similar to Romeo and Juliet,” Slotnick noted.

The witches and humans struggle to coexist due to their drastic differences. However, in the end, it is concluded that the play addresses a very important message that applies to much of real life.

“It sends a message of how we, as members of different communities, put aside our differences in favor of helping our younger generations and helping our communities come together,” Slotnick stated.

Elaborating on why she chose this play as the first fall production, Slotnick spoke about the unique qualities this story has to offer.

“The more I read it the more I realized there’s a lot of modern relevance when we think of being where there are lots of cultures within our own country that are not getting along,” Slotnick said. “This play highlights when two different cultures collide and how that can go very wrong, and the ways that really good people can sometimes do really bad things.”

Students have already noticed Slotnick’s impact on the Theater Company this school year and senior tri-president Ryan Hayes described the positive contributions she has made.

“Ms. Slotnick is amazing, she is really kind and cool with working with the script and taking our suggestions,” Hayes expressed.

Senior Ben Sher and junior Helen Townsend are the lead roles in the play and embody the forbidden lovers of the story. Sher plays John, a witch who falls in love with a human woman named Barbara Allen, who is played by Townsend.

“There is a scene later in the show where Barbara faces lots of ridicule for being with John and she has to go through hardships as a result of being in love with someone that is not included in the human society. It has to do with some current events and it was a really scary scene to work through and learn,” Townsend noted.

The set for “Dark of the Moon” will consist of a stationary set with only a few removable props in order to show scene changes. There will also be various platforms that will be raised and lowered to show the mountainous region the play is set in.

The WHS Theater Company will be opening the fall play on Thursday, November 15, Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17 starting at 7 p.m.