Clockwise from bottom left Liberty Owen, Sara Adams, Annee Clark, Sonora Kay, Austin Coon, Zachary Anderson, (director), Evan Baldwin, Isabella de Assis-Wilson, and Terran Mc Carty. Members of the group that are not pictured are Sarah Stacey, Riley Woodall and Evelyn Kaelin (assistant director).
Clockwise from bottom left Liberty Owen, Sara Adams, Annee Clark, Sonora Kay, Austin Coon, Zachary Anderson, (director), Evan Baldwin, Isabella de Assis-Wilson, and Terran Mc Carty. Members of the group that are not pictured are Sarah Stacey, Riley Woodall and Evelyn Kaelin (assistant director).
A small group of teenagers have been meeting in the annex of the historic Vanity Theater for the past six months slowly putting a show together. They met on a regular basis with one goal in mind: create a show for the Indy Fringe Festival that can foster a productive dialogue about mental health with their audience. Each week they would discuss various topics on mental health bringing forth their stories and searching for the truth. It is apt then that they decided on the show title “Beneath the Surface.” The show follows a group of teenagers living in small town Indiana dealing with family, school, self-acceptance, and conflict over identity.
There are four teenagers the audience follows. Juana, a Mexican immigrant, is struggling with cultural and language barriers. Veronica, an outspoken teen activist, must grapple with inconsistencies between her public and private life. Jasper, an artist and teen on the autism spectrum, tries to navigate his way through social interactions which can be difficult for him. Lastly, Alex, a devout Christian, has a deep secret that could tear down their whole world. The characters and stories are absolutely the original thought of these troupe members.
“It was important to me from the beginning that I didn’t write them a script and said ‘do this.’ My mission was to facilitate an environment where they could feel comfortable to communicate with each other critically and honestly, and then give them the power to actually stage their voice,” says troupe director, Zachary Anderson. The students wrote multiple drafts out of the conversations they had at rehearsal finally becoming “Beneath the Surface.”
Sara Adams, who plays both Alex and Veronica in the show, said “this show has been an amazing creative outlet for me and it’s mind blowing that something I helped create will be seriously performed.” The troupe members worked together to value each perspective and elevate the voices of their peers that are marginalized, stereotyped, or simply misunderstood.
The Sugar Creek Players Youth Troupe will open “Beneath the Surface” at the 2018 Indy Fringe Festival. The Indy Fringe is a yearly collection of many genres of live theatre including comedy, drama, dance, cabaret, music and musicals, multimedia. Youth Troupe members who created the show are Sara Adams, Evan Baldwin, Annee Clark, Austin Coon, Sonora Kay, Terran McCarty, Liberty Owens, Sarah Stacey, Isabella de Assis-Wilson, and Riley Woodall. The program is directed by Zachary Anderson and assistant directed by Evelyn Kaelin.
They will perform six times at The District Theater (formerly known as Theater on the Square or TOTS) starting August 17th. Tickets cost $15 per adult with special discounts for seniors/students and children under the age of 12. All proceeds from the show will go back to fund the Sugar Creek Players Youth Troupe. Check the link below for showtimes.
Stay tuned for future performances by the Sugar Creek Players Youth Troupe in Crawfordsville. The Troupe plans to bring “Beneath the Surface” back home to the Vanity, a local high school, and the new performing arts theater at Fusion 54.
Tickets and showtimes? www.indyfringe.org/theatre-show/beneath-surface
Information about the Sugar Creek Players? http://www.sugarcreekplayers.org