Theater season kicks off

The Selah Theatre Project seeks to unravel teen adolescence

By Ryan Cornell

As plenty of Zits comic strips and MTV shows have demonstrated, teenage life is complicated.

The Selah Theatre Project seeks to unravel this puzzle of adolescence — or at the very least, explain it a little better — with its latest play, “It’s Not Easy Being a Teen.”

Written and performed by six students in Warren County from ages 10 to 17, the play addresses the challenges and victories of teenage life, including the wayward navigation through social cliques and peer pressure.

“There’s some unexpected conversational pieces that a lot of people tend to talk about after seeing the show,” said Selah Theatre Founder La Tasha Do’zia-Earley. “They discover teens are still going through what we went through in school, just in different ways.”

The six actresses behind the production: Camryn Buracker, Sarah Millard, Oceanna Palmer, Maggie Padua, Katherine Sparger and Dagen Young, wrote the six acts of the play during a four-week theater camp this summer. Their performance at the end of camp was so well-received that they decided to bring it back.

Do’zia-Earley, who described the play as “a roller coaster piece,” said it’s appropriate for kids age 13 and older.

“From talking to parents after the show, it was a great way to invite that conversation about what teen life is and what they’re about to endure,” she said. “Especially for those kids that don’t converse with their parents often.”

The 90-minute play will host six performances: 8 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 27 and Oct. 3 and 4, and 3 p.m. on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5.

The Selah Theatre Project is located at 30 E. 8th St. in Front Royal. All proceeds from the show will support the Act Out Ensemble’s London trip next year.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased at the door, online at http://www.selahtheatreproject.org or ordered over the phone at 540-686-5185.

Other plays are scheduled for area theaters this month, including:

After their mother’s death, two sisters discover a rare stamp collection that might be worth a fortune, and enter into a world of high-stakes danger and con artists.
Where: The Winchester Little Theatre, 315 E. Boscawen St., Winchester
When: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Cost: $19.75 for adults, $17.75 for seniors, $15.50 for students
Call: 540-662-3331
Online: http://www.wltonline.org

Walking Across Egypt
This funny and heartwarming tale centers around Mattie Rigsbee, an elderly woman who sets out to straighten up a juvenile delinquent she meets after turning in a stray dog.
Where: The Schultz Theatre and School of Performing Arts, 9357 N. Congress St., New Market
When: 7 p.m., Sept. 19, 20, 26 and 27; 3 p.m., Sept. 21 and 28
Cost: $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors
Call: 540-740-9119
Online: http://www.schultztheatre.com

Steel Magnolias
Set in a beauty parlor in modern-day Louisiana, this comedy-drama follows the cast of characters who work there and how their lives in the tiny parish unfold.
Where: Theatre Shenandoah, 107 Center St., Edinburg
When: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 26 and 27 and Oct. 3 and 4; 2:30 p.m., Sept. 28 and Oct. 5
Cost: $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors
Call: 540-984-3972
Online: http://www.theatreshenandoah.org

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com