Rock Canyon drama students not afraid of ‘Dark’

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Rock Canyon High School’s active young thespians will perform an American drama, “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” by William Inge (1957), on Sept. 25, 26 and 27 in the school’s theater.

The family story is set in a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s, a time of great change across America. Director Cindy Baker says “… suddenly oil is king, the jazz age and changing gender roles are intruding everywhere, including the Midwest, and the relationships between men and women must be redefined. Inge explores how outward forces influence even the smallest corners of people’s lives …”

She concludes, “The tragedy and hardship presented in the play are meant to show that there is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but with a little compassion people can understand and grow with each other.” The playwright also wrote “Bus Stop,” “Picnic” and “Splendor in the Grass.”

Cast members include: Lela Smith, Nathan Patrick Nelson, Logan Schurr, Sam Hulsizer, Christopher J. Johnson, Bethany Hopkins, Kalle Sorbo and Maxwell Orgill. Many cast members are simultaneously rehearsing for the next show: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which runs Oct. 29 and 30. Tickets for both shows will be available at the door each night at $8/$5.