There's always something exciting about being in the audience of a high-school dramatic production. Perhaps it stems from my own high-school memories of variety shows and one-act dramas or it may be the energy levels of young actors eager to turn in the performance of their budding stage "careers"? Who knows, but in the case of Springfield High School, there's always something for an audience member to anticipate on stage.
Of course not every high school student is moved to pursue a career in the theater arts-it's a rough road to follow, but a few, I am sure, will get the performance bug after being involved with the excellent SHS Drama Club.
Even if a SHS dramatic alumnus didn't go on to appear in a local community theater show, SHS has done its part to offer excitement in the local stage arts.
For example, last year's SHS spring production of "How to Succeed in Business..." was a delight. The student cast was well rehearsed and the performances were better than ever.
Throughout the school year, the SHS Drama Club keeps busy honing its collective stagecraft skills-that knowledge is passed on to the next crop of rising student actors. Even the SHS prop crew deserves mention here for their seemingly endless creative ability to produce cool sets that look great, even if manufactured on a low budget.
But SHS Drama Club isn't just a little local high school drama. This high school club has been noted by school drama clubs around Vermont. In fact, 2011's Vermont State Drama Club will be hosted by SHS in April; that's a nice bit of recognition for a very dedicated group of teens.
So, never shying from a dramatic challenge, the SHS Drama Club will tackle one of the stage's most compelling dramas-playwright Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". The club's performances are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.