Go See ‘The Victim’
Unfortunately, I have plans Saturday night and Sunday afternoon because that means I will miss the two performances of “The Victim” at Hanover High School.
I had a chance to watch some of a rehearsal last night for the show written and directed by HHS senior Zachary Terrazas. Performances take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on 2 p.m. Go see it. Seriously.
My daughter saw the stripped down version performed for Hanover Middle School students a couple of months ago and enjoyed it. Credit goes to the Gettysburg Community Theatre for standing behind the show and finding venues. If you go, besides the fact that you might have a hard-time believing a 17-year-old did this entire thing himself, you will learn an important positive message and see a good show.
Just a side note – the play once again reinforces something I have thought for a long time. This area is incredibly blessed with talented young people. The singing blew me away. These kids will impress you.
The performers give Zach a chance to harness his talents. He seemed in complete charge last night during the rehearsal, providing feedback and encouragement to the actors while also playing his electric piano. He had a great system of letting the other teens know what scene they would rehearse next by saying, “we;re going to do (plays opening notes of the song) and then we’ll do (plays opening notes of another song.” I liked that kind of shorthand for some reason.
But beyond the talent and the fun, the show projects a really important message. We can’t simply equate bullying with teasing anymore. When you hear stories of students harassed constantly in school and online, you have to realize this isn’t just people being too sensitive. Kids need to know that their actions have a consequence and no person deserves to be treated as less than equal. Sometimes people complain that the world has turned too politically correct and no one can take a joke anymore, but what some people criticize as political correctness is simply being a good and caring person.
Shows with student actors have probably passed this message along for years, but when the words, music and direction come from a fellow teen, hopefully the message will have a greater impact. I hope they get a great crowd this weekend and find a way to put on performances in many other schools.