SMUS Presents Theatre for Social Change

Last week, the SMUS Student Theatre Society presented the Laramie Project. Not typically performed by high school students, this emotionally gripping play earned rave reviews from those who attended in droves to see it.

Based on events surrounding the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, this play takes on a documentary approach, having the actors play multiple roles whose dialogue comes from actual interviews conducted by playwright Moises Kaufman.

Morgan Pudwell, director and a founder of the Student Theatre Society, aimed to present a non-biased view on homosexuality that opens the topic up for discussion. “I enjoyed working collaboratively with the actors, and providing them all the opportunity to share their ideas as the play developed.” Morgan said some of the actors had not been in a play before, but she was impressed that the cast came together so successfully.

The audience was moved by Grade 12 student Liz Guilbault’s portrayal of Rulon Stacey, as well as Grade 10 student Richard Boness’s role as Denis Shepard. Thirty students acted in the production, and had volunteer help from many more people all over the school. The Student Theatre Society sends out its thanks to all the students, teachers and staff who were involved with the Laramie Project.

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