Craig, Parker students 'Zap' together

 

That might be the conventional wisdom about students from Janesville’s cross-town rival high schools.

But like much of the CW, it’s wrong.

Case in point: “Zap,” a comedy put on by Craig and Parker students that opens Friday.

Acting teachers at the two schools joined their classes to produce the show. The result is expected to be lots of laughs.

“All of the kids love it,’ said Parker acting teacher Andy Holmes. “They’re making new friends. They’re starting to mingle with each other, and it’s neat to see.”

“The kids are really pumped up for it,” said Craig acting teacher Kyle Elsbernd, who is co-directing with Holmes.

Holmes said he brought “Zap” to his acting class because it is actually seven plays in one, and each play represents a style that actors are bound to encounter sooner or later.

The styles include a Shakespearean play, a murder mystery, an avant-garde play where the actors don’t speak, and a Neil Simon-style comedy.

The whole thing is a comedy, and there’s audience participation, of sorts.

The idea is that the audience members hold remote controls. When they tire of a scene, they click as they would to switch channels on their TVs. The stage immediately converts to a different play when enough members choose to “zap.”

Only, there won’t be actual remote controls. A remote will be printed in the program, but the play will abruptly switch on its own, with no actual audience vote in the matter, Holmes said.

“By the end of the play, they all get confused together, and they all end up on the stage together,” Elsbernd said.

“The play is a comment on society’s attention-deficit syndrome and how we miss out on unique and exciting things by channel surfing—immediate gratification—not taking time out to enjoy things,” Holmes said.

What: “Zap,” a comedy presented by acting students from Craig and Parker high schools.

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Parker High School auditorium, 3125 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville.

Tickets: Available at the door; $5 adults, $3 students.

Cast: Megan Pohl, Odis Hall, Ben Cox, Songlin Ma, Aaron Heaps, Andrea Jones, Mike Stone, Tyler Scoggins, Jeff Knutson, Keighley Ahlstrom, Nikkole Hoops, Andrew Johnson, Alex Meske, Spencer Wimmer, Tricia Gohde, Paul Rubio, Nyssia Sedwik, Molly Markley, Amanda Rodriguez, Jony Olson, Anna Bohigas, Zach Peterson, Barb Haggerty. Andy Holmes, Kyle Elsbernd.

Crew: Stage management by Haley Slabek, Sierra Galfano and Melanie Peterson. Electric and lighting by Jony Olson. Sound by Andy Holmes. Set by Emily Rennie.

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