The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 17, 2014

GHS stuents share talents, tackle tough issues

Student-directed productions address bullying, learning differences


Star Beacon

GENEVA — Geneva’s got talent! Need proof of that? The ninth annual Geneva High School Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. April 22 in the high school auditorium. Anonymous judges in the audience will choose first, second, and third places from the solo and group acts, and the audience will get to choose their favorite. All winners will receive a prize.

Come and be moved to laughter and tears during the night of One-Acts at 7 p.m. on April 25. Three productions will be showcased in the school’s auditorium. Tickets will be available for $5 at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Two of the plays tackle the more serious and very real issue of bullying. “Hard 2 Spel Dad” is about a student who struggles in school and becomes a victim of bullying because people don’t understand that she has a learning difference known as dyslexia.

“The Secret Life of Girls” is student-directed by senior Ariel Stehura and performed by theatre director Mrs. Robin Christopher’s Production of Drama class. This play addresses the cruel, but more discreet bullying that girls especially seem to favor as their weapon of choice.

Mrs. Christopher said, “This year’s night of One-Acts has been about making theatre more than entertainment, and that’s not an easy thing to accomplish. Because the subject matter in these plays is more serious, it is a challenge for the actors to actually live out the stories. It is my hope that these plays will bring awareness and let students who might be struggling with bullying that they’re not alone.”

“All I Really Need to Know I Learned by being in a Bad Play” is a comedy about the amazing world of theatre. This performance is sure to be the type of prescription needed when someone says “laughter is the best medicine”. Senior Bethany Steele is student directing this production.

Steele said, “Being a student director has been challenging because you have to be creative, open to new ideas, and you have to be aware of a lot of things on stage all at once; but this has been a good experience, because I hope to become a film director one day.”

Mrs. Christopher said, “Often it is hard for students, who are still in a learning process themselves, to direct their own peer group, but they [Steele and Stehura] are doing really well. Passing on the skill of directing to the student directors has been a rewarding experience.”

It’s prom season, and that means dresses, tuxedos, and…masks! Geneva’s Masquerade prom will be held on May 2. It is open to all juniors and seniors of Geneva High School, though students are able to invite sophomores and students from other schools. The venue for the night is the Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and prom will end at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, and will be available for purchase April 21-25.

The ticket not only covers the cost of the dance, but also a full course dinner, including several entrée choices, assorted side dishes, dessert, and beverages. Photos will be taken and sold at the dance by Rapid Photo, and NRG DJ will provide the music.

This year, the junior class decided to start a new tradition, and elect prom royalty. In the past, there has only been a homecoming court. Students will nominate a court from the senior class, and then vote for a prom king and queen.

“We wanted to include the court to make this year’s prom even more special for the seniors,” junior class vice president Jason Downie said.

Junior class treasurer Kimberly Brumagin said,“To make prom the best it can be, our junior class is selling Malley’s chocolate bars, and they are such a big hit. To give you an example of how fast, I had a box of 36 bars first period, and I sold out by the end of third period. We hope that we can make this year’s prom a memorable one.”