HHS drama presents double feature

The Harlandale High School theatre arts department will be presenting two plays for the price of one on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and on Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.

The advanced theatre class will bring to life “Finally Equal,” an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron.”  

“The play takes place in the future and brings to the forefront the dangers of political correctness, bigotry and the stifling of uniqueness,” Harlandale HS Theatre Arts Director Richard Chabrier explained.

The students read eight different plays as a class and selected “Finally Equal” as the play they would act out. Unbeknownst to the students, Chabrier wrote the adaptation. 

“I read “Harrison Bergeron” my sophomore year of high school and the story stuck with me for a very long time and I knew that as a director it was important to choose plays and stories that are important to you so that you care about it and the kids see that you care about it and it connects to them even more,” Chabrier said.

Harlandale High School junior Lisette Ramirez interprets the role of Hazel Bergeron and has enjoyed preparing for the big show.

“Everyone has been playing their part really well and they are all taking it seriously, but still having fun,” Lisette said. “You have to like what you’re doing because all of those emotions have to come to life.”

She hopes the main message people take away from the play is to embrace uniqueness.

“Be who you are and be the best person you can be,” Lisette added.

The theatre production class will bring to life “Addict,” a critically acclaimed and award winning play written by Jerome McDonough. The story underscores the realities of teenage drug use, chemical dependency and societal norms.

The show follows ten teens who share stories about their broken lives, how they fell into addiction and it reveals the causes of their deaths.

“Before we started doing “Addict,” students shared a personal part of their lives with us and in one way or another, drugs or alcohol had affected them in some way, whether it was a family member or a friend, and so I think that’s why when we read “Addict” it resonated with them and they chose to do it,” Chabrier explained.

The students are excited about the play and it has helped drill in the dangers of drug use.

Chabrier hopes the audience is able to see themselves in the plays and especially encourages young teens to come out and watch the shows.  

 “Although works of fiction, these plays are windows into real world problems that plague or society and directly affect this nation’s youth,” he said.

Both shows are rated PG13 for simulated scenes of violence, drug use and death. No child under the age of 13 will be permitted without accompaniment of a supervising adult.

Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for adults and free for all Harlandale ISD employees.

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