SEARSPORT – A local high school drama team is headed to the state competition with a play not many would expect.
The auditorium is empty at Searsport District High School, but a statewide audience will soon be hearing the message of this play and it’s a powerful one.
Mackenzie Philbrick is a senior, and while many school plays focus on comedy, she wants to use this platform to educate teens about driving dangerously. She said “I want people to leave the audience thinking about what they saw on stage. I came up with it my sophomore year after reading a play about a school shooting actually, and i wanted to write something just as powerful.”
“I want them to think about every choice they make behind the wheel, because teenagers, they do a lot of stupid things. I’ve been in cars with people who do stupid things, and it can be really scary.” Mackenzie added.
And the students are meeting the challenge, playing a group of teens involved in a deadly crash, from the victims.
Their teacher Chris Goosman appreciates this emotional commitment. He said “People are coming away in tears, people are coming away saying ‘this is so powerful.’ You know parents, as a parent i have a hard time watching it without thinking about my own daughter. The kids coming up to me crying and hugging me afterward, you know, ‘oh that was so moving.'”
And Mackenzie is happy to finally see her words come to life. She stated “The first day I showed up with scripts to give to everybody for auditions I was like, ‘I don’t really want to give these to you,’ because it’s kind of like this is my baby, I don’t want to give it to you but I’m going to. And then they’ve lived up to my expectations and then went past them.”
And that play will be performed this Thursday in Searsport starting at 6:30 pm