New teacher, new class, great success for Drama and Stagecraft

New teacher, new class, great success for Drama and Stagecraft

By Mary Granath Posted October 14, 2009

“There’s nothing it can be compared to,” says Brad Pearce of the upcoming play, “The Perils of Lulu.”

Lowry Drama and Stagecraft have been working on the forthcoming play since last year, unfortunately, due to lack of time “The Perils of Lulu” was postponed until this year. Drama, however, has been re-created this year by a new teacher and an almost entirely different cast.

Pearce and Lainey Barta, who have the male and female leads in “The Perils of Lulu,” both agree that the class environment is different.

“I think a new teacher brings a whole new atmosphere into the classroom,” said Barta. After Janet Kennedy left Lowry High School to become the Dean of Students at French Ford middle school last year, Mrs. Corrine James took over the Drama and Stagecraft classes.

Even though many new cast members have stumbled upon obstacles, Barta maintains that the new students “…have done really well.”

Drama students during dress-rehearsal./Ron Espinola • THE BRAND
Drama students during dress-rehearsal./Ron Espinola • THE BRAND

James has also encountered obstacles during the year. “It’s been a lot harder than I thought it would to get kids to work,” says James, “They just want to stand around and call me mom.”

The “Perils of Lulu” is a play with a somewhat complicated plot. “It’s about a girl who’s going to her granny’s house and she has one mishap after another,” said James.

“It’s like ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ but everything goes wrong,” said Barta.

Drama students agree they are looking forward to the perfromace. “I’m very excited,” said James. “The Perils of Lulu” premieres October 14 at 7 p.m. and will have an encore performance Thursday, October 15.

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