Smithsburg High students write, direct play

November 30, 1999|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

What: "Captain Canada and Copper Boy: Boomsday"

When: Nov. 1 to 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Smithsburg High School

Cost: $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and those 12 and younger


Though they spent their summer writing a play about awkward, clumsy superheroes, two Smithsburg High School students say writing and directing their first play has been a smooth process.

Kyle Raios and Joseph Waeyaert also will star in the play, "Captain Canada and Copper Boy: Boomsday," which debuts Nov. 1 at the high school.


They might be the first students there to write and direct a school play, said drama teacher Ruth Hobson.

Raios, a senior, and Waeyaert, a junior, have been friends for about one year, and said they have always written, but decided to combine their talents over the summer.

"We thought we could work well together," Joseph said.

Both have been involved in plays at their school.

"What we have now is completely different than what we had when we started," Joseph said.

The main characters are two friends, who are also superheroes. The villain's name is Dr. Boom. And without revealing too much, the writers say Dr. Boom has a plot to take over the city, and must be stopped.

Joseph describes the main characters, who he and Kyle will portray, as "bumbling heroes."

"We often mess up," he said.

The students said they finished writing and were ready to begin casting by the first week of school. By the second week, they were already rehearsing.

About 20 students are performing in the play, and they said dessert will be served during intermission.

Joseph said that getting a taste of writing, directing and acting made him realize that he enjoys performing more.

"I kind of like just acting and being told what to do," he said.

Kyle said he's more of a writer.

"I love to write and see something I actually wrote come to life," he said.

Kyle said his plans after graduation include college, likely at Frostburg State or Towson universities, where he hopes to major in journalism and minor in history.

Both said they'll continue their involvement in drama.

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