Theater (Spring 2012)

Competition Piece

IB Junior and Senior Theatre classes presented Competition Piece at the Massachusetts Drama Guild Festival at Duxbury High School. They were competing with seven other MA schools, including Nauset High School.

Devon Juaire, Brenna Joyce, Averie Bueller, Maret Gable, Mike Moen, Sam Homand, Curran Olson, Augusta Davis, Corinne Ohm, Jackson Fryer, Ian Bowes, Amanda Richards, Anna Michael, Aidan Milsted, Karleena Corey, Damian Baird, Michael Chan, Lucie Lass, Alicia Pollard, Gabe Sabella, Shannon Lindlau, Devin Low and Jenny Agel

Tech Crew:
Fallin Dennen, Alex Dufault, Anna Lieberman, Connor Read, Emily Morin, Christian Carbonaro, Ryan Wilder, Rebecca Saling, Peter Carlson and Sarah McEwen

Anna Botsford reports “how WONDERFUL the IB Theatre juniors and seniors performed at the Massachusetts Drama Guild Festival.  We did an amazing job with our one act play, “Competition Piece” and several students were awarded on stage for their excellence in acting.’

Excellence in Acting:
Brenna Joyce, Corinne Ohm, Gabe Sabella, Averie Bueller, Karleena Corey, Lucie Lass, Aidan Milsted, Damian Baird and Michael Chan

Sturgis Charter Public School STAGE presented The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theatre Company – March 15th-17th at The Guyer Art Barn, 250 South Street, Hyannis.

Laramie, Wyoming, population 26,687, was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year-old, gay, University of Wyoming student. On October 6, 1998, he was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious. On October 8, 1998, Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney were arrested for the kidnapping, aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder of Matthew Shepard. On October 12, 1998, Matthew Shepard died. The charges against Henderson and McKinney were amended to include first-degree murder.

The Laramie Project is a play by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. “On November 14, 1998, members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, and conducted interviews with the people of the town.” The play is “edited from those interviews, as well as from journal entries by members of the company.” (The Laramie Project, “Introduction”) The play is about the town of Laramie, its citizens, and their reaction to Matthew Shepard’s murder.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation <; honored Moises Kaufman by selecting him for their “Making a Difference Award.” Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, describes how The Laramie Project has been produced thousands of times all over the world and has become a “source of education and change.” She says, “This play is not about being gay. It is about being hurt for being different, whatever that difference may be.”

Eleven talented actors from Sturgis Charter Public School East playthe roles ofover 100 characters in The Laramie Project. This is a multi-character journey exploring the feelings and attitudes of Laramie’s citizens; addressing hate crimes and dealing with issues of tolerance, bigotry and self-awareness.

Laramie Red Final Poster

Cast List

(Ensemble: all actors play multiple roles)

Catherine Etienne, Anna Michael, Jackson Fryer, Mike Couto, Peter Carlson, Mike Moen, Brenna Joyce, Augusta Davis, Geronimo Kelley, Molly Brennan, Keegan Fleming and Shannon Lindlau

Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Anna Lieberman

Stage Manager: Czarina Shartle

Director: Rachel Ollagnon

The Laramie Project ~ A Review by Hannah McLaughlin, Class of 2014

If you want to see a play that will make you cry, shake, and think…then The Laramie Project is the perfect play for you. Sturgis Charter Public School STAGE performed the play March 15 – 17 at the Guyer Art Barn. These eleven young talented actors switch characters in less than a second and juggle over 100 different characters.

The venue was perfect for the content of the play with Gay – Lesbian banners and posters plastered around the building. The simple whit furniture made the set seem more pure and hopeful for a dark subject matter.

All the actors did a splendid job nailing the monologues word for word, creating distinctive characteristics with accents and getting the point across. The Laramie Project is based on a true story before and after the brutal death of Matthew Shepard. Matthew was bullied in a bar and taken in a car by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson to a buck fence where he was beaten and died soon afterward. All of this happened because Matthew was gay. The play is based on the short interviews that the Tectonic Theater Project had with many people who were involved, knew Matthew and helped out to cite exactly what happened. Overall, The Laramie Project was amazing and delivered the message perfectly.

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