HHS winter play to be presented Feb. 10-12
The winter play at Hastings High School will be presented Feb. 10-12. The play, entitled "Emotional Baggage," is based on the script "Finger Foods" by Nina Shengold.
While Emotional Baggage is just one play, there are seven different plays within it. Each short play has its own cast and storyline.
Play director Janelle Ranek said the play is really fun and it has been a good challenge for the students.
"It's clever and it's a nice challenge for both actors ... and it's also a nice kind of a delightful ride for the audience to really have to pay attention," Ranek said.
There may be seven very different plays, but Ranek said that the great thing about the differences is that there will be something everyone can relate to. Each play has an intriguing story to tell about humans, she said.
There is a variety of characters and settings throughout "Emotional Baggage." There is a play about several waitresses working in a diner, another is about a street musician and another is about a hitchhiker. One play will take place at a yard sale. Two friends will be selling items, but there will be a symbolic component to the scene, Ranek said.
"So the audience, I will say, will need to think a little bit and pay attention because there's a lot going on that's not just spelled out right in your face," Ranek said.
Ranek said the endings are what is quite brilliant about the plays. It will make the audience wonder at the end and maybe ask questions like "what does that mean" or "what was that?"
"It's a ride because you look at it and some of it is very touching, some of it is very bizarre, but it keeps you thinking and (the plays) move along quick enough that you feel satisfied," Ranek said.
Performances will be in the HHS auditorium at 7 p.m., Feb. 10; 7 p.m., Feb. 11; and 2 p.m., Feb. 12. The play will be about one hour and 15 minutes. Admission will cost $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.