Teens tell tale of misfit Grim Reaper

December 27, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

SMITHSBURG -- Genevieve "Genni" Moore said it all began one day when she and her friend Jacob Waeyaert started thinking, "wouldn't it be cool if ..."

And the idea for the play "My Friend Grim" was born.

In the story, a young Grim Reaper does a bad job because he is always visiting the wrong places and taking the wrong people, Moore said.

In the play, he also has a father who is a jerk.

One day, the Grim Reaper climbs to the surface of Earth and makes a deal with a nerd.

The deal is that if the Grim Reaper can hang out with the nerd, he will be away from his father and he can protect the nerd from bullies, Moore said.

Genni, 17, and Jacob, 16, worked on the play over the summer and they asked Ruth Bradley, theater teacher at Smithsburg High School, if they could produce it at the school.


"She basically said, 'Go for it. It's a good idea,'" Jacob said.

Jacob and Genni said they were inspired to write the play based on the works of Tim Burton, who directed the movies "Edward Scissorhands" and "Corpse Bride."

The play involves the mythological Styx River, which flows into the underground world where the Grim Reaper lives. A boat made of wood, chicken wire and newspaper that was built for the play travels into the underground world, Jacob said.

"It looked really awesome," said Jacob, son of Tim and Laura Waeyaert of Hagerstown.

The play was performed three times last month in the high school's auditorium and about 125 people saw it, Genni and Jacob said.

The two put on the play as sort of a dinner theater with cookies and refreshments, and they sold tickets for $5 and $7 each. The proceeds will help support a drama club at Smithsburg High School.

Jacob is a junior at Smithsburg High School, and Genni, a junior at Washington County Technical High School, has been involved in theater projects at Smithsburg High.

Genni has been involved in theater since she was about 5 years old.

Genni said her parents, Terry and Tracey Moore of Smithsburg, are involved with the Washington County Playhouse.

Despite the exposure, Genni said this was her first time directing. She said she found it was tough telling actors what to do in the play.

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