Springdale High School Drama Club students are eager to present a production to a live audience for the first time since 2019.
The school will perform âThe Wildmanâ by J. Omar Hansen. The one-act play is a hillbilly comedic narration of the popular old tale “The Heartless Giant”. Twenty students from grades 7 to 12 will participate either on stage or with the production team behind the scenes.
Director Misty Mator chose “The Wildman” to offer a family production and make people laugh due to the hard times with covid.
She believes folk tales are a great way to discuss difficult life topics in a humorous and relevant way to show people how to navigate life.
Having an audience will help create healthy pressure for students to perform to the best of their ability, Mator said. Previously, students performed live through an online platform or pre-recorded their shows.
âI want to make sure it’s not just a great theater night, but everyone feels comfortable and safe,â she said.
Junior Georgia Dale said the room would be more convenient for families, as some couldn’t access the previous rooms or log in to watch.
âIt was a long process online, and we don’t want to go back to it,â Dale said.
Students must wear masks at all times, except when on stage, according to the Health and Safety Plan of the Allegheny Valley School District Sports Department.
The students said it would be exciting and refreshing to perform in front of a live audience.
Grade 10 student Ryder Tabacheck will play the role of the Wildman. This will be his first leading role.
âI want to make (the role) important to me,â Tabacheck said.
This play will be the last for senior Matthew Yungwirth, who has devoted four or five years to theater in the school district.
âI’m trying to make it the best performance since I’ve done this,â he said.
The rehearsal process was smoother for director Kai Williams, who said everyone was on the same page.
“I’m glad people are seeing the work I’ve done, and I’m glad it (a live production) is back to normal,” said Williams.