Actors get zapped in a high school play

Vashon High School theater students are gearing up for an unusual production that combines scenes inspired by theater classics with an audience participation gimmick that determines the course of the play.

Actors rehearse 'Zap.'

Vashon High School theater students are gearing up for an unusual production that combines scenes inspired by theater classics with an audience participation gimmick that determines the course of the play.

Vashon High School’s Theater Arts II class will present “Zap,” a play by Paul Fleischman, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. All shows take place at the high school theater.

Theater teacher Harris Levinson said that Fleischman wrote the play in a burst of inspiration in 2005, after he drove by a high school and saw a sign advertising an upcoming production of “Grease.”

“Again?” Fleischman thought, and then he began to write “Zap.”

The play allows the audience to determine — using remote control “zappers” — when the actors will shift scenes.

Scenes in the play are inspired by Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Neil Simon, Anton Chekhov, Agatha Christie, and William Shakespeare.

The idea to present “Zap” came from a student, according to Levinson.

“Ultimately, I was most drawn to the way that the play could comment on our current culture’s issues with attention deficit and simultaneously allow theater students to familiarize themselves with the styles of numerous important playwrights,” he said.

The cast and crew includes David Katz, Brendan Bric, Megan Dinsmore, Kristyn Hoffman, Sara Clark, Mica Gaxiola, Dylan Payne, Grace Dzyacki, Meme Garcia-Cosgrove, Lizzy Corliss, Tynan Lazarus, Josh Hatfield, Quinn Patrick, Becky Snyder, Ti Tremblay, Nelle Horsley, Callison Ott, Garrett Ashbaugh, Eliza Holmes, Jarrod Swenson, Taina Tremblay, Eliza Holmes, Riley Hills, Calen Winn, Baily Protzeller, Lea Zaglin, Anna Smith, Lizzie Cross, Caitlin Zeisig-Walsh, Kelly Fergusen and Tristan Roberson.

Tickets for “Zap” are $5 for students and $7 for adults and will be available at the door.


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