Opening Night for the Laramie Project at Camas High

Drama department performs shows Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11

The Camas High School Drama Department performs the Laramie Project Friday, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, students with ASB and children under 12.

The Camas High School Drama Department performs the Laramie Project for the first time Friday, at 7 p.m.

There will be six performances of this play on Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11, at 7 p.m. Matinee shows are available Nov. 4 and 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for senior citizens, students with ASB and children younger than 12. There is a parental advisory for strong language.

The Laramie Project is a true story, written by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, and centers on the tragic death of Matthew Shepard.

On Oct. 7, 1998, Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was brutally attacked and tied to a fence in a field outside of Laramie, Wyoming, and left to die. On Oct. 12, Shepard died of his wounds in a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. In the aftermath of their son’s death, Judy and Dennis Shepard started the Matthew Shepard Foundation to honor his life and aspirations.

CHS Director Sean Kelly chose the Laramie Project for his students to perform because it hit so close to home.

“When I was a young man, I was harassed and threatened, shunned and whispered about in my hometown,” Kelly wrote in his director’s note.

“When I visited Laramie a few years ago, years after the death of Matthew Shepard, what struck me the most was how much like my hometown it appeared to be,” he added. “There were places that were rough around the edges, and it seemed in every way like it could be any town in the USA. And that, I suppose, is what troubled me the most. The stories of the people in this play sounded far too familiar.”

A cast of 19 CHS students are challenged with the task of performing multiple roles so they can bring all the characters from the story to life on the stage.

The Laramie Project is a 2 hour, 40 minute, three-act play, with two 10-minute intermissions.

Read more in the Thursday, Nov. 9, print edition of the Post-Record.

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