IF YOU GO
What: “Marcy and the Sandwich: A Cafeteria Drama,” performed by Jamestown High School Drama When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 Where: Jamestown High School Theater, 1509 10th St. NE Tickets: $6 adults, $4 students, sold at the door
When is biting into a sandwich more than just biting into a sandwich?
When Jamestown High School Drama performs “Marcy and the Sandwich: A Cafeteria Drama” by Alan Haehnel. The students will perform the play first at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Then they will perform the drama on Monday, April 9, and Tuesday, April 10 at the North Dakota High School Activities Association’s Class A One Act Play Festival at Lake Region State College at Devils Lake.
Tony McIntyre, English 1, creative writing and drama teacher at Jamestown High School, said students competing in the solo and duo musical theater events at the state competition will perform their music before the play is presented on April 5 in Jamestown.
McIntyre said the play features 16 actors who have gotten to experiment with ideas and play around with what their characters are.
“The students’ ideas have gone into the characters, set and costumes of this production,” he said.
The basic story of the play is a group of high school students are sitting around a cafeteria, each engaged in some manner. One student, Marcy, decides she is going to take a bite of her sandwich. That decision sets off a wave of discussion, people for or against her taking a bite of the sandwich.
Emma Bennett plays Marcy and Joseph Lauinger plays Marcus, a character who is described as a “student nihilist.”
“Some want her to do it (take a bite of the sandwich), some don’t want her to do it,” Lauinger said. “It all becomes a bit crazy. Everyone overreacts.”
Bennett said her character is conflicted about what society, the kids in the cafeteria, wants her to do versus what she feels she should do.
“The sandwich is very symbolic of like everything that goes on,” she said.
She said the play is timely given social trends and fads that people have focused on over the last few years, and how those items which seemed so important at the time, quickly become less important.
Bennett and Lauinger said they are looking forward to performing the play at the state competition in Devils Lake April 9-10.
“I’m not nervous about our performance,” Bennett said. “I am a little excited about how people will react to it.”
“I think the students will like it,” Lauinger said. “It will be interesting to see what the judges think of it.”