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Students take crack at writing plays

Students take crack at writing plays

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Students take crack at writing plays

Platteview High School will perform three student-written plays. Authors include, from left, junior Scott Strigenz, senior Sabrina Barton and senior Tanner Pollock.

Three students at Springfield Platteview have come together to write three plays after the school had to scrap plans for the play it had planned to put on this fall.

Jodie Morgenson, fall play director at the high school, said the crew was going to do "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," by Mark Haddon, but couldn't get the rights because the play is being performed on Broadway.

That led Morgenson to gather her juniors and seniors who had been in at least three productions and give them options. They could work on a back-up play, or they could take a shot at writing their own.

"The idea was that anybody who wanted to could write a script and we would potentially choose one," Morgenson said. "Three of the six or seven involved came up with the scripts and they were all nicely done and they were short enough that we could do them all."

Morgenson said students only had a little over a week to write the plays. The result is the student-written show called "Cutlery" featuring three short plays about murder: "The Simple Investigation of the Hyena at Midday" by senior Tanner Pollock, "Kill the Lights" by senior Sabrina Barton and "The Detective" by junior Scott Strigenz.

It's been nice to write the show knowing your cast. We could write characters based on who we knew would play them well, Strigenz said. "Our cast is really good at helping with ideas and giving each other feedback on what would be good for our show."

Morgenson said she could see student-written productions becoming a regular fixture at the high school.

"I can foresee doing this at least on a four-year rotation so every kid in drama would have the opportunity to write a play," Morgenson said.

The students will present a matinee for the junior high at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Shows for the public will be Friday and Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

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