'Ordinary People' set at North Carroll High Student production to open tonight

November 19, 1993|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

The North Carroll Drama Club is undertaking a serious challenge.

The students will present their fall production of Judith Guest's "Ordinary People" at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The play's action focuses on Conrad Jarrett, a teen-ager so distraught over the death of his older brother, Buck, that he attempts suicide.

The movie version, starring Timothy Hutton and Mary Tyler Moore, was released in 1980.

The play is emotionally demanding for the nine student actors.

"Ms. Rooney [the drama teacher] tells me it's the most difficult part any student at North Carroll has ever played," said 17-year-old David Grote, who portrays the troubled Conrad.

"The character throughout the play has a difficult time dealing with his emotions, and playing him makes it difficult for me to match my emotions," he said.

Rebeccah Woodward, a 15-year-old junior who plays Conrad's mother, Beth, agrees.

"This is one of these plays where everyone has to really think about who they are," she said.

"It's really intense," said Steve Kaminski, 17, a senior who plays teen-ager Joe Lazenby.

The play explores the issues of teen suicide, depression, death and family relationships.

The students believe this focus on family relationships would be beneficial to viewers of all ages.

"I see points in this play that would interact with my own family," said Tom Myers. The 17-year-old senior plays Coach Salan.

"I think a lot of teen-agers feel depressed during their teen years, and when you are depressed you feel kind of alone," said Rebeccah.

"If teens come to see this play, maybe they'll realize they aren't alone," she added.

Rebeccah also thinks the play will enable families to relate to one another better.

"They [parents] might be able to see their children's side better and vice versa," she said. "I know I see my mom's side about some things now."

"It's a good show, and I think that everyone will connect with it in some way," said 17-year-old Richard Collins, who plays Conrad's therapist, Dr. Berger.

"I think it's a really intense description of real life," said Eric Mooneyham, who plays the role of Conrad's father, Cal.

Eric, 18, is a senior who recently moved to Carroll County from Raleigh, N.C.

This is his first North Carroll production.

"I hope people do their best to come out and see it," he said.

"Ordinary People" will run at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at North Carroll High School, 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead. Tickets are $3 per person. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

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