BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High School Drama Club will perform in the “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon starting today and continuing until Saturday evening.
BUHS theater director Jason E. Contreras offered three reasons why the public should view the student production.
1 — Contreras said the play itself, set in the 1930s, an interesting story and is relevant to today’s audiences. “The story revolves around a growing teenager’s private thoughts about the wonders and trials of adolescence, but more importantly reveals much about the inner workings of a struggling family trying to make ends meet,” he wrote in an e-mail response. “Internal family conflicts and external obstacles such as unemployment are central to the plot of this play,” Contreras wrote. “The play shows how humor and the common bond of love can carry a family through the toughest situation as long as they remain true to each other and communicate their feelings.”
2 — The production itself is “a truly homegrown production from the ground up,” Contreras said. “The students have not only managed the sound, lighting and stage management duties, but they have also built the set from their own design using scale models,” he wrote, adding that more than 100 students have participated in some aspect during the past eight weeks. “All these students really want is to have a good crowd present for each show, so they can showcase their talents to as many as they can,” he wrote.
3 — Lastly, coming out to the show is another way to support local young artists. “Though I feel this play is of great quality in respect to both quality of content and production, I believe the students deserve a great audience no matter how good they perform. This is true of any art produced by students,” Contreras wrote. “Our young artists deserve as much attention from the outlying community as our great athletes do,” he wrote. “If we as a public body show interest in the arts and support with the greatest commodity of all, our attendance, more and more students will view the arts as worthwhile, noteworthy activities. By showing our unconditional support whatever our local artists produce, we are also to an extent supporting their learning in the classroom. It is a win-win situation for all.”
If you go
What — BUHS Drama Club production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon
When — 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday
Where — Palmer Auditorium, 480 N. Imperial Ave. in Brawley
Cost — $5 at the door
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