OHS Student Writes, Casts, Directs Life Under Shadows
Life Under Shadows, a play written, cast, and directed by OHS senior Joanna Vederman and featuring several Orange students, will premier at the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Center's Studio Theatre on Friday, December 14 and Monday, December 17 at 7:30 pm.
The storyline involves the issues of domestic violence, bullying, and suicide. "Jeremy", one of the main characters, is gay and his abusive father cannot tolerate that. Jeremy has the support of his best friend but she is coping with the recent death of her own sister played by Orange High School senior Sophia Garofoli.
In addition to Vederman and Garofoli, the show also features OHS juniors Kaylee Barrett, Maggie Murphy, Daria Redus and Moreland Hills Elementary School third grader Caden Vincent as "young Jeremy". All of the OHS students are part of the Academy for the Performing Arts, a program of the Excel Technical Education Career Consortium which serves the nine school districts. The Academy provides talented high school juniors and seniors with challenging training experience in the theater.
"I wrote this show to inform people about things like depression and suicide and how actual people feel when plagued by these diseases. I wanted people to see damages of domestic abuse," said Vederman, who also acts and sings. "Beyond that though, I wanted others to see how people can heal and help each other. I wanted something real, and that's why I think everyone should come see this show: to learn and to see life presented truthfully."
Due to the mature subject matter, it is suggested that audience members are at least 13 years of age.
There is no charge for tickets although donations will be accepted. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The theater is located in the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Center, 400 East Washington Street in Chagrin Falls.