Tracey Edson and Katie Cappelletti
Three, two, one, action! The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Drama Club is bringing “John Lennon and Me” to the Auditorium on May 17 and 18.
“John Lennon and Me” was written by Cherie Bennett and is based on the novel “Good-bye, Best Friend.” This play has won many national awards throughout its years of production because it deals with such important issues of life, death, power and first boyfriends.
The story revolves around a 13-year-old girl named Star. She is a Hollywood-wannabe who loves the Beatles but she was born with Cystic Fibrosis, and that assures a young death. She spends most of her time in a hospital where she meets Courtney, who soon becomes her best friend. Courtney is a pretty cheerleader who does not appear to be very sick.
In addition to the two main characters, Star and Courtney, there are about eight other characters who contribute to the plot. Each person contributes different attributes to help show the meaning of the play, which is living life to the fullest.
At J-DHS, Star will be played by sophomore Alethea Shirilan-Howlett, who has been a part of the Drama Club for two years. Throughout the play she will be demonstrating the daily life and the difficulties that a person with Cystic Fibrosis has. “People with Cystic Fibrosis usually have a lot of coughing fits, so that’s a big part of the play,” said Shirilan-Howlett, who hopes to continue Performing Arts in college.
Courtney will be played by senior Emily Ashe. This is Ashe’s fourth year as a part of the Drama Club. “This is my fourth year involved in it and at the beginning I was roped in by accident but I loved it so much that I kept coming back,” said Ashe.
This show was selected by all club members, as many of the shows are. “We were looking for a show that combines both dramatic and comedic elements, so you have a few laughs and a few tears are shed but it’s a nice play that comes together,” said social studies teacher Jordan Berger, the club adviser.
He enjoys both the teaching and directing elements at school, “We have a lot of freedom in choosing what plays were able to do and finding something that the students can connect with and they really enjoy it,” said Mr. Berger.
When students arrive back to school from break the club will be finishing preparing the show. The performance will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday night and each will last an hour and a half. All of the proceeds that are made will be given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The tickets to the performances are $8 and can be purchased on www.jddrama.ticketleap.com.