Real Heartbreakers: CCHS students performing history's 'worst breakups'

Performances run Nov. 11-13

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/9/21

Everyone’s gone through a breakup, but was it the worst breakup in human history? If so, Clear Creek High School students are bringing it to life onstage this week. The school’s performing arts …

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Real Heartbreakers: CCHS students performing history's 'worst breakups'

Performances run Nov. 11-13

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Everyone’s gone through a breakup, but was it the worst breakup in human history?

If so, Clear Creek High School students are bringing it to life onstage this week.

The school’s performing arts club is showcasing the play “The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time” at 7 p.m. Nov. 11-13. General admission is $5, although students and veterans are free.

The 80-minute play walks the audience through the worst breakups between the literal dawn of human history to the present day.

Senior Jacob Bryant said he’s playing a caveman, a U.S. Civil War solider, and an emcee in various breakup scenes.

“It’s definitely going to be a good time,” he said, recommending that people check out this week’s performances. “Everyone will get a crack out of each scene.”

Deborah Sandblom, the school’s drama director, added that the play is short and keeps the audience engaged. She suggested that attendees should be middle-school age or older, as there’s mild language in a few scenes.

Overall, she said, “It’s a comedy about breakups. It’s something everyone can relate to.”

For the production itself, about 30 students in the cast and crew have been working on this for the past two months.

Junior Mya Sproul, who plays Jessica and Julie, said the process has been hard work, but she’s had fun preparing for the play.

This is Sproul’s first time performing at CCHS and her first year in the performing arts club. Since joining earlier this year, she said her acting skills have improved, and she’s made a lot of friends among her fellow thespians. Sproul anticipates she’ll keep performing the rest of her high school career.

“Acting is a way to get away from the world,” she said.

Contrastingly, sophomore Reese Dunbar has been performing since she was in first grade. She performed in last year’s musical, “Rock of Ages,” and has been enjoying her roles this year.

Dunbar’s characters Mandy and Jessica — a different Jessica from Sproul’s character — both have accents, which she said was initially a bit challenging. She’s excited to showcase the play, describing it as “entertaining, funny and enjoyable.”

Dunbar said acting has helped her come out of her shell, and she hopes other people learn about and appreciate theater’s social aspect as well.

`It’s like a family,” she said of the atmosphere backstage.

Like Dunbar and Sproul, Bryant said he’s also experienced a very warm welcome from Clear Creek’s thespians. He started at the school last year, and Sandblom recruited him to join the “Rock of Ages” cast for his first-ever performance.

“I was able to be myself,” Bryant said. “It pushed me out of my comfort zone, and opened me up a lot.”

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