There was record turnout in the midterm elections around the country earlier this month. But election season isn't over in Farmington Hills yet. The Harrison High School drama program is extending hours at the polls with its production of "The Election ...
Brad Kadrich Hometownlife.com
Published 8:59 AM EST Nov 26, 2018
There was record turnout in the midterm elections around the country earlier this month. But election season isn't over in Farmington Hills yet.
The Harrison High School drama program is extending hours at the polls with its production of "The Election," a comedy designed to poke fun at the country's electoral system.
The play, written by Don Zolidis, revolves around a high school student body election and features everything from uninformed voters to questionable ethics to unlimited Super PAC money.
In other words, it's based on reality.
"(Solidis) does a lot of writing for high school theater," said veteran producer/director Sue Cobb, who is producing the show for Harrison. "He's got a bit of a handle on teenagers. It's written quite well."
The play centers around the candidates for student body president who climb into the fray when the current president resigns in disgrace. Mark Davenport and his friend are sure they can get Mark elected, but run into the surprising candidacy of nerdy Christy Martin, whose platform includes the elimination of football.
Senior Elizabeth Kagan is charged with bringing Christy to life. It'll be familiar territory for Kagan, last seen as Tracy Turnblad in the spring musical, "Hairspray." Kagan is Harrison's current student body president
"She's strong and confident, and she's not afraid to speak her mind," Kagan said of her character. "She's really good at persuading people to see her side of things. Sometimes she bends the truth. I don't do that. I do it (seek election) for the betterment of the school. (Christy) just wants the position."
Such is not necessarily the case for candidate Mark Davenport, played by junior Ben Corsi. While admitting Davenport is "in it for the college applications," he also thinks the lead protagonist wants the right things.
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"Yeah, it's for college, but he says it's about making the school better," said Corsi, last on stage as Wilbur Turnblad in "Hairspray" last spring. "He's different. He's kind of a bumbling, nervous mess, really unsure of himself.
"But he's fun to play," Corsi added. "He's kind of opposite of how I am, and it's fun to play the funny guy."
Auditions took place and rehearsal started back in September for the 32-member cast and 18 crew members. Cobb and her husband, director Dean Cobb, had the actors pay attention to the election cycle, TV news, social media, etc., as the 2018 midterms unfolded to get a sense of what they were presenting.
"We had them watching different news channels and anchors, and talk to people to see what they're saying or not saying.
"You see all this stuff we've been watching (in U.S. elections) for years," Cobb said. "It's about the fact people don't really care, and that's sad."
"The Election" hits the Harrison stage Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are reserved for $10 and may be purchased through the box office at 248-888-6274. Tickets will also be available at the door.
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Published 8:59 AM EST Nov 26, 2018
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