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Examiner
  • Van Horn presents "The Road Taken" as fall play

  • Elizabeth Henderson has not had many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities at Van Horn High School. So the Van Horn junior was slightly nervous when she started rehearsal for the fall production of “The Road Taken.”

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  • Elizabeth Henderson has not had many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities at Van Horn High School. So the Van Horn junior was slightly nervous when she started rehearsal for the fall production of “The Road Taken.”
    “It is about the decisions that you make in life and how those decision impact you,” she said. “I have always been interested in theater, but my mom didn’t let me participate in anything like this. When I got the chance this year, I was excited. I think I was socially awkward bore and shy. But being on stage lets you be a different character. It is really exciting to get into something like that. The experience has been amazing.”
    “The Road Taken” by Brad Slaight is comprised of three, separate one-acts - “The Open Road,” “Joy Ride” and “Up Late with Ryan.” Each explores the consequences of every day decisions such as allowing a child to pretend they are Walt Whitman, stealing a driver’s education car or an individual dealing from depression stemming from the death of a best friend.
    “The Road Taken” is at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Van Horn High School Little Theatre, 1109 Arlington. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for students in K-12 and $2 for senior citizens.
    Netty Doyle, director of the play, said when she was looking through scripts earlier this year, she thought the issues included in “The Road Taken” were ones that high school students could learn from.
    “One of the one-acts involves adults, but I thought it would be something to appeal to everyone because of the humor in it,” she said. “The last one, where it talks about the person going to a psychiatrist and dealing with his friends’ death is more serious. But it is done in a way that is less heavy. They are doing well with all three one-acts.”
    Junior Elijah Watkins plays Jack Sommers in “The Open Road.” Watkins describes Jack as a person who works too much and “does not know what to do with himself.” He said his character becomes angry when his son Allen starts pretending that he is Walt Whitman, and often takes that anger out on his wife.
    “I think this play teaches some really good life lessons that everyone can relate too,” he said. “You see how these people (in each of the three one-act plays) copes with some serious issues. I think the audience will enjoy that aspect of it.”
    Sophomore Joely King plays two characters - Joy in “Joy Ride” and Valerie in “Up Late With Ryan.” She said this is one of her first opportunities to play more dramatic roles.
    “It is really different from anything else I have done because the other plays I have been in have been more comedy,” she said. “I think everyone will enjoy the variety. Because of the variety, it really keeps moving on stage, which will keep everyone entertained.”

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