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Northview Performs “Myths Busted” by Craig Sodaro

Polina Marchenkl and a Northview teacher perform on stage.

March 13, 2024 - For the past four months, nearly 50 Northview actors, actresses, and assistants have been preparing for the annual spring play. This year, the school performed “Myths Busted,” by Craig Sodaro. The start of the play is set in a school auditorium, where a substitute teacher tells the story of Prometheus, a Titan, also known as the God of Fire. Captivated by the tale, the students encourage the teacher to tell more stories, which leads him to share classic myths about Greek characters such as Hades, Persephone, Orion, Artemis, Apollo, and more. 

“Our students absolutely love being on stage,” said Barb Raney, play director. “This year, we had 47 students involved in the show -32 of them returned to the stage. To me, that is a remarkable achievement.”

During rehearsals, students learn how to project their voices and learn when to enter and exit the stage. Two weeks before the show, dress rehearsals were held every day with stage lights and microphones. 

“It’s been fun, but it takes a lot of work,” said Michael Perry, a ninth-grader who played Hades, Apollo, and Prometheus. “There is a lot of reading and a lot of patience that goes into it. I like that I get to perform with all of my friends.”

Raney writes in extra roles and creates new scenes to include any student who would like to be involved. New this year, she wrote in a commercial, inspired by Toys-R-Us.  Hula hoopers, tricycle riders, and chariots graced the stage to show off their gadgets and toys. 

“This scene gives students from all of our departments an opportunity to get up on stage,” said Raney. “We don’t want to single anyone out, so we let everyone know that reading and memorizing lines is not a requirement to be in the play. We use technology to help all our students. Some students use augmentative and  alternative communication (AAC) to speak their lines. We also use digital cue cards so students can read their lines.”

Polina Marchenkl is a junior student and she played Persephone in the play. She practiced her lines with her mom, who she says was a big inspiration. 

“My mom helped me to stay positive,” she says. “I was nervous because this is the first time I have been cast in a lead role, but I’m happy with how well I did on my lines.” 

Along with learning communication skills and teamwork, students gained confidence, self-esteem, and expressed their creativity. Raney is in awe of their growth. 

“We make changes to the script all the way up until the show, so the students are constantly learning how to be resilient and adaptable,” she said. “ My favorite part is seeing the students grow from being insecure to experienced thespians.”