Steel Magnolias

The drama department’s spring production of Steel Magnolias was a hit. The show ran from April 8-10 and performed for great crowds.

"I was so proud of how my students performed in this classic show,” said theatre teacher and director Erica Davidson. "People don't realize how many lines these girls had to memorize. They began working on this show in late January. The final performance on Sunday was bittersweet. We will definitely miss each other and the fun we had on and offstage."

A Christmas Story

Who doesn't love the classic Christmas movie (that's set on repeat during the holidays), A Christmas Story? The theater department will be putting on this Christmas hit on December 4 & 5 at 7 p.m. in the Blankenship Theater. Tickets are at the upper school front desk if you would like to purchase them in advance, or you may purchase them at the door.

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A Ripple in the Pond: Student-written play explores the effects of family violence

December 2014

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USJ students wrote and acted in a play about a family in an abusive home. The play was written in collaboration with the Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP), and all proceeds from ticket sales and donations went to WRAP.

A Ripple in the Pond follows the actions of children who witness their father physically abusing their mother. The sixth-grade son begins to hit other students and to disrespect his teacher, and the daughter, who is a senior, remains in an mentally abusive relationship with her boyfriend.

“This play was different because we did monologues for each character, from the teacher to the abusive husband,” Upper School Theater Teacher Erica Davidson said. “They gave us a peek into their motives and feelings.”

Then the students replayed the same scenes with certain characters reacting differently — from taking a stand to helping a victim with the right words. “The ending is much different this time around than the first,” Davidson said.

The play, directed by Davidson, starred Molly Maroney and Seth Weiss as the parents. Other cast members were Sydney Phelan, Ethan Schlegel, Sydney Kwasigroh, Aaron Evans, Parker Lewis, Lauren Hailey, Alexander Peftoulidis, Meg Howell, Gehrig Rabon, and Sydney Lofton.

Kayla Bircher and Clara Mariencheck were stage managers, Hannah Adams did makeup, and Aditya Thota led the tech crew. Playwrights included Davidson and students Amanda Holloway, Madison Perchik, Clare Robertson, Rebekah Sears, and Adam Sills.

Daryl Chansuthus, Executive Director of WRAP, said, “A Ripple in the Pond illustrates the damage of an abusive relationship and how it impacts an entire household.  It also illustrates how family members can change the pattern of abuse and end the spread of violence before it trickles beyond the home and into the community.”

She thanked Davidson and her students for exploring the subject of family violence in an original play. “WRAP appreciates their creativity and support. We are fortunate to have this talented group of students working with WRAP to share this important information with the community.”