— DANVILLE – After two years away, Danville High School’s drama club is ready to get back on stage.
The students were without a proper stage for the past two years due to flood damage to the Danville Middle School, the site of the district’s only auditorium, during September 2011’s Tropical Storm Lee. A week before the district closed the school for repairs, the club had cast student actors for that fall’s production of the play “Our Town.”
While they were able to reconfigure the play, which doesn’t require many props, to work with the stage in the Danville Primary School’s cafeteria, later performances suffered from the lack of space available to the club.
“We were molding our performance to the stage, instead of letting the performance mold everything else,” said senior and club member Chris Morgan. Planned plays had to be changed and extra lights had to be rented to accommodate the new space, which lacked the auditorium seating of the Danville Middle School. Some problems, such as the lack of acoustics in the primary school cafeteria, couldn’t be solved until the middle school was fully repaired at the start of this school year. Performing at the primary school ultimately “didn’t feel as real,” said sophomore Sara Klena.
Being back at the middle school “allows us to stage things they way they’re meant to be,” said junior Tristan Beiter. “We’re looking forward to being able to do things to the extent we’ve wanted, now that we have a stage and lights (again).”
“The possibilities on this stage … are almost limitless” said Chris on the club’s return.
Chris, Tristan, Sara and their fellow club members will be performing “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” at the Danville Middle School at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3. Ticket price is $5.