Upcoming fall play


GHS is carrying on the fall play tradition with “All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” a show which combines comedy and drama.

The unique aspect of the play comes from its format. Instead of one singular plot line, it is a combination of scenes which have their own characters and storylines.

“There are 20 scenes, some of them are songs that talk about kindergarten creed, which is a poem. You look at that creed, and all the things people know like share, play fair. Do you really need to know anything else?” Mr. David Borns, theater director, said.

While the scenes are not connected, the message of the scenes evolves throughout the show.

“The first four to five scenes deal with kindergarten in a way, but after that, the show takes a more serious and adult turn. There’s a scene, for instance,  called Beethoven where somebody talks about how much they love the ninth symphony and how they’d love to conduct that,” Mr. Borns said.

The play is designed so that each audience member will take away something different from it.

“It becomes a little bit thought provoking, and it becomes inspirational through different stories. Some people will laugh, cry, and become inspired all in the same two hours. I like the last scene because it’s called Reflect the Light and it talks about how you can reflect light into dark places in the world and share positivity with other people, and it’s something I try to do in my life too, so I really enjoy that scene,” Mr. Borns said.

Last year, the play was limited due to COVID. Now, the cast has a chance for a normal experience.

“Last year, we had two casts because they didn’t want people to get quarantined, so that everyone had an understudy. This year, we just have one cast, so we get to be around each other more. We’re also doing more acting, since last year was a radio play and we mostly just read our lines. Now, we get to move around,” senior Grace Allen, cast member, said.

Rehearsals have just begun, and the cast is looking forward to watching the play transform.

“I’m most excited to see how it all comes together in the end when we combine sets, lights, sound, props, and costumes,” Allen said.

An important but often overlooked part of the play is the tech crew, who work to make sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes by controlling the lights, sound, and costumes.

“I am the sound technician, so my job is to make sure that all the actors can be understood clearly and the sound is at the right volume. I’ve been doing it for a couple years now, so it’s gotten easier, but it was overwhelming starting out,” senior Bailey Kennard said.

The play will be held in the auditorium on Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to people seeing it. A lot of effort goes into it, so it’s good to see that pay off in the end,” Kennard said.