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Repertory Theatre brings theater to high schools

The Dordt College repertory theatre ensemble gave two performances on Dordt’s campus at the New World Theatre on May 3 and 5, kicking off tour performances and workshops in a dozen high schools across Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa.

The half-hour shows were directed toward high school students and the issues they face today. “You will laugh, but you will also think, question, and perhaps dig beneath the surface of your life,” said Teresa TerHaar, the faculty advisor for the theater ensemble, the week before the shows took place.

The repertory performance was based on interviews the Dordt College theater students did with Unity Christian High School (Orange City, Iowa) students. A series of scenes deals with issues that teenagers encounter every day, including peer pressure, body image, sexuality, and spirituality.

Both original material and adapted theatrical material were included, along with music written by two Dordt students, Paul Krygsman and Andrew Voss.