Theater club

West Lafayette Theater Club to present new play

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the past two years, stage lights at West Lafayette Jr / Sr High School have rarely been used.

This weekend, the students of the Theater Arts Club will premiere a new play called “Me Isn’t Themselves,” written by HC Dietrich.

The play will have two hours of performance: at 7 p.m. on November 5 and 6. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $ 7 each in cash or by check, and anyone present will be required to wear masks.

The actors will perform without a mask but will be required to wear a mask when working behind the scenes.

The plot of “Me Isn’t Themselves” explores the emotions and thoughts of the non-binary character named “Me” as they try to understand themselves and the events that start the story.

Eric Margerum conducts a rehearsal of Me Isn't Themselves at West Lafayette Jr./Sr.  Lycée, Wednesday October 13, 2021 at West Lafayette.

The inspiration for the plot came from a lack of students within the Theater Arts Club. Towards the start of the school year, Eric Margerum, the club’s sponsor and director of the play, was looking for a production where the gender of the role was not critical to the story. After contacting playwright HC Dietrich, he was given a play where the actor’s gender would not be an issue.

“I was delighted that we were back in person, but I knew I had about eight or nine girls in the club and the guys at the club had graduated. And I wasn’t sure if anyone was interested. by the club at this point. So I needed a game that was as flexible as possible, like we could make the character a guy or a girl. He (Dietrich) took the idea of ​​the genre and played it again. more with, ”said Margerum.

“Me Isn’t Themselves” takes a lot of inspiration from Pixar’s “Inside Out”, because much like this movie, this play has two different types of characters. We follow human characters, like Me, Mom, The Boss and more, who interact with each other. Others are the inner characters, who embody the emotions and thoughts of Me. The emotions and thoughts that come to life in this play are Authority, Empathy, Drama, Physics, Volition and Encyclopedia.

Students rehearse for Me Ain't Themselves at West Lafayette Jr./Sr.  Lycée, Wednesday October 13, 2021 at West Lafayette.

“Emotions are on stage all the time, and in a way, they are a bit like the Greek Choir, because the Greek Choir is in all the scenes of Greek tragedies and contributes either by being townspeople or by simply commenting. stage action, ”Margerum said.

“What’s interesting is that these emotions are all aspects of a personality and it gives them the ability to express a wide range of emotions. For example, empathy doesn’t have to be the same tone all the time. Empathy could be boring because you aren’t empathetic enough. There is a range of emotions for each of the inner characters, which I really like, and I think that’s a wonderful aspect of this piece.

Noe Padilla is a journalist at Journal & Courier. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.