Soroco prepares for play

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Next week, a Soroco High School theater class will present a play for the first time since 1997.

The school is offering a theater class this year after a seven-year hiatus, and the class culminates next week in a performance of "Class Action," a play by Brad Slaight.

The play is a collection of conversations among high school students, mostly outside the classroom, and mostly humorous, teacher Valerie Broadbent said.

"It's kind of a like slice of life for a high school student," Broadbent said. "I think they recognize themselves in a lot of the scenes, or people they know, situations they're familiar with."

The play will be entertaining not only to other students, but to adults, as well, Broadbent said.

"These aren't things that have changed a lot over the years, so I think all ages ... will probably enjoy it," she said.

The other teachers who helped cast the 13 theater class students for different parts ended up laughing a lot as the script was read, Broadbent said.

"It is humorous," she said. "(There are) not a whole lot of heavy, tough issues. These are the fun things that happen."

Broadbent encouraged adults to come see the show not just for a night of entertainment but also to support the students who have worked hard for much of the past two quarters on the play.

"We would really like a chance to show off their work," she said.

With the performance night quickly approaching, Broadbent said most of the students are hitting the point of nervous anticipation. She said she's there, as well.

"But, that kind of nervousness almost always brings out the best, the desire to achieve and to do a good job," she said. "It's very scary, but you always get your best performance with an audience."

The Soroco theater class will present "Class Action" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Soroco Middle School auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $3 for adults and are free for Soroco students.

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