BAHS Drama presents two fall plays

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Elisabeth Beemer

Juniors JonPaul Aday and Joel Hines act in “Bury the Dead.”

Broken Arrow High School’s Drama department put together two plays called “Bury the Dead” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Both plays were performed in the high school’s black box theater, a first for the department.

“It was a different experience being in the black box for a play compared to the PAC,” senior Mary Amsler said. “It was a much more personal experience.”

The preparation for the plays was around two months and students had to work rigorously to prepare themselves for the shows in such a short time frame. Students juggled after school rehearsals and class work during the preparation for the plays.

“When I chose to produce two plays this fall, I knew it would be difficult,” Drama teacher Jo Jo Nichols said. “Everything would be doubled– two groups of costumes for each show, two sets, two programs, two rehearsals a day etc. But what I realized when it was over was how doubly pleasing and rewarding it had been for all of us.”

Two performances of “Bury the Dead” were presented, each of them completely sold out. The play was a dark satire based around war. It was written between two world wars, with the  writer aiming to express his anti-war view.

The other play was a high comedy called “The Importance of Being Earnest,” written by Oscar Wilde. The play is based around a character named Earnest who had quite the journey in chasing after a girl he loved. There were many bumps in the road on Earnest’s journey but everything all tied together at the end with one major plot twist.

There were multiple students who were in the production of both plays. The cast had to dedicate a lot of after school time to rehearsals.

“It was hard because we had to split our time between two different shows which left us with half as much time as we’re used to,” senior Tanner Cates said.