Windham seniors prepare to exit stage left
Produced entirely by students, the rock-musical explores the ethics of modern psychiatry, how we cope with loss and how a modern family attempts to function in times of crisis.
Senior Jessica MacKimm, who plays the role of Diana, a suburban mother coping with bipolar disorder, while also serving as the show's assistant director, said she has enjoyed getting into character one final time.
Rehearsals began in April, and the performers have endured a grueling practice schedule balanced with the many other tasks associated with being a soon-to-be high school graduate.
Like the rest of her fellow cast members, MacKimm has been heavily involved in the drama club for most of her high school career. She also played the flute in the school marching band and plans to study music education at Ithaca College this fall.
"There wasn't going to be a spring show this year, but we really wanted for the seniors to have their last hurrah," said Browne, who will study engineering at Northeastern University this fall.
Ultimately, "Next to Normal" won out since all of the participating seniors were excited about the lively musical score, the dance numbers and the dramatic subject matter.
Sophomore Jillian DiPersio, who serves as the drama club's publicist, said the club was able to make arrangements with New York City's Music Theatre International, which allowed them to rent out the same equipment that once graced a city stage.
Also performing in this weekend's shows are seniors Shyann Shath, Jordan Mrvos, Jake Klaasens, Cassie Cole, Patrick Strap and Kara Yenacco.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Due to the show's mature subject matter, a parent must accompany students under age 13.
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