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BC students use drama to learn about life’s dangers

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Central High School students received an important life lesson prior to Spring Break thanks to a play.

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The BC Drama Club and Youth Service Center combined to sponsor “Alky,” written by Jerome McDonough and based on teen alcohol use and abuse issues and consequences.

“We wanted to do a play about teen drinking,” said YSC coordinator Tonia Wiggins. “The students in the audience were alert and quiet, they were listening. Hopefully it will influence some Spring Break decisions.”

Drama Club director Kevin Gose allowed open school tryouts for the play, with most students being from the Drama Club or members of the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group.

Students actors portrayed a teen drinking party, already into the fun as the audience arrived. The entire party was shown from the fun beginning to dramatic middle scenes to the ending consequences, including a death, paralysis, and one person sent to prison following a drunk-driving accident.

The play implemented recorded video segments, allowing actors to interact with characters on a screen above the stage.

Following the play, former BC student Henry Lucas addressed the audience. A 2002 graduate, Lucas, a recovering addict now sober for over two years, shared his experiences in detail.

“(Lucas) approached us and wanted to help,” said Wiggins. “This was the first opportunity where we found an appropriate situation. He’s really passionate about letting students see the actions and consequences.”

“Alky” was performed three times for a student audience and twice in the evening for the community. Ticket costs earned about $2,200, split between the Drama Club and YSC.

Scripts were provided courtesy of Bullitt County Partners in Prevention. A prison suit and handcuffs were provided by the Bullitt County Detention Center.