North High School Drama Club spotlights tough topics for teens
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North High School students rehearse one-act and monologues that tackle teen issues.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
"This one is going to make you cry and then five minutes later, it's going to make you laugh," Blake Meacham, a North High School senior said.
Sioux City's North High Drama Club is tackling some tough topics with their show this fall.
"I am Dave. I am a ghost, a spirit during our play. I committed suicide," Meacham said.
"I am Lisa, which is Dave's love interest and my character is dealing with the loss of him and how move on from that and she kind of likes to blame other people and she's just having a hard time understanding, so my role is trying to figure out what to do next," Becca Holzrichter, a North High School senior said.
The actors acknowledge these are heavy issues for high schoolers. But they need to be talked about. The one-act focuses on teenage suicide and those left behind.
While this one-act has a dark theme, some actors are in lighter monologues.
"We've got humorous things too like first car, first time you put on a tux. Stuff like that. But it's difficult to be a teenager and a lot of times people don't really get that," Jordan Biggerstaff, a North High School Junior said.
And getting what teens are all about can be tough. But they hope plays like this open the door for more understanding.
"The audience should learn that every day people go through stuff like this. They might not show it on the outside. But when they are in a close personal setting, the real feelings come out and this is stuff that everybody has to deal with and it's not just you," Holzrichter said.
"That's kind of the message of the play. Moving on, dealing with it personally and with friends, people that you care about and getting past some of the toughest stages to just happiness," Meacham said.
The North High Drama Club will present "The Important Things In My Life" and FINIS, October 25th through the 27th at 7:30 p.m.
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