Tulpe presents ‘The Write One’ written by Tulpe director Susan Behm

Tulpehocken Jr.-Sr. High School presents its fall play, “The Write One,” Nov. 17 and 18. Left to right: Senior Parker Harris, Director/Playwright Ms. Susan A. Behm, fitting a Cyrano de Bergerac nose on to Senior Dominic Torres.
Tulpehocken Jr.-Sr. High School presents its fall play, “The Write One,” Nov. 17 and 18. Left to right: Senior Parker Harris, Director/Playwright Ms. Susan A. Behm, fitting a Cyrano de Bergerac nose on to Senior Dominic Torres. Submitted photo

Tulpehocken Jr.-Sr. High School will present the fall play “The Write One” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18, in the school auditorium on New Schaefferstown Road.

The fall play at Tulpehocken Jr.-Sr. High School offers an opportunity for students to try out their acting talents minus the singing and dancing of a musical production. For the past 10 years the play has been directed by Ms. Susan Behm, 7th grade Language Arts teacher and reading specialist. The assistant director for the past four years has been 11th grade Language Arts teacher, Mr. Reid Mosely. Each year choosing an affordable yet engaging play has been a challenge. Feeling that she could write something at least as good as those scripts on offer, Director Behm took up the challenge of writing her own play, and “The Write One” is the result.

The play is based on the French drama, Cyrano de Bergerac, with a modern-day interpretation. The Write One takes place in a high school in 1995, before smart phones made communication almost instantaneous. While basically a comedy, the play touches on self-image, bullying, and trust. Twenty to thirty students (includes cast and crew) are involved with the show, with several of the actors returning for their third or even fourth turn on the stage.

Senior Dominic Torres plays Charles Darwin Baines III, a rapier-tongued 12th grader with an unfortunately gargantuan nose. Fellow senior, Melinee Wilson plays Regina Elizabeth Carter, his friend and the object of his (unrevealed) affection; while Parker Harris swaggers onto the scene as handsome, but not-too-bright, Christopher Winters. Hannah Sealer presides over the play’s Trinity High School as the principal, and Logan Koch, Jordan Baer, and Priya Jurasinski comprise friends (and sometimes foes) of Charles, Regina, and Chris.

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Rehearsals have been going on since September, and cast and crew are busy readying the production for its debut on the weekend before Thanksgiving. In the past Tulpehocken audiences have been treated to such offerings as The Wizard of Oz, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Circus Olympus, The Canterbury Tales, and last year’s crowd-pleaser, The Humor Games. This year completely home-grown talent will be on display.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.