Oldfields School to perform show on teen life and issues

An upcoming play at Oldfields School is made up of a series of monologues that give the audience a glimpse into the teenage mind.

"Sometimes I Wake Up in the Middle of the Night," features eight Oldfields students who talk about their boyfriends, their parents, their struggles with peer pressure and their thoughts on their personalities, and looks.

It is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 4. at the school's David Niven Theatre.

"The theme at Oldfields this year is 'Our Common Threads — Respect and Civility'," said Kate Briante, the show's director. "And this show is about the common threads of life and adolescence."

Students of the Walden Theatre Conservatory in Louisville, Ky., wrote the monologues. The Oldfields students spent several days reading them to see which one fit each girl's personality.

Margherita Vricella, 15, of Baltimore, talks about her obsession with a guy, while Rachel Taylor, 17, of Rockville, and Marissa Davies, 14, of Westminster, both appear in "Sawdust," a childhood memory of collecting sawdust from a tree house being built in a backyard.

Linh Bui, 17, of Vietnam, is tormented by a best friend's betrayal and 14-year-old Zainab Suntai, of Nigeria, recites letters she has written to God asking for help with her love life.

Also appearing are Xingjia Wang, 14, of China, Yasmin Lockhart, 16, of Annapolis, and Sydney Charles, 17, of Owings Mills.

The play features a mix of music from Cindy Lauper, B.o.B, Ed Sheerin and Avril Lavigne.

Oldfields School, a boarding and day school for girls in grades eight through 12, is located at 1500 Glencoe Road, Sparks. For more information, call 410-472-4800.

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