May I Have Your Attention, Please? Trailer

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This intense drama features an emotional scene between a family, already strained tensions are amplified. What is done in the dark comes to the light and it’s never a pretty scene. Come on out THIS WEDNESDAY TO SHACK Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45PM, Play begins at 6PM!

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Youth Empower Recommends Play

Youth Empower whose Mission is Promoting a culture of entrepreneurship, ingenuity and positive societal change within youth through the use of social media has written a very kind review of May I Have Your Attention, Please? Check out their website for ways to get involved for youth and Adults. Thank you for supporting #Theatre4ChangeIMG_1046[1]

Suicide is a growing issue today with the increased use of social media applications like Saharah. Youth Empower does not tolerate bullying and we will stand by bullying victims and those who have been affected by a suicide.

“May I Have Your Attention, Please?” is an outstanding and powerful play which educates the audience about how subtle suicide can be and how aware you must be to properly address it. We highly recommend this play as it raises awareness for an issue that has been going on for decades in a powerful and meaningful manner. Please take a moment to share this link with others and if you are a fine arts student, propose this play to your teacher.

It is vital that we create dialogue for this issue and this play does just that.

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Featured Full Length Play: Boxes

Looking for a full length play for your Community Theatre? Check out, Boxes.

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SYNOPSIS: Parents don’t come with rule books and it’s easy for the lines of responsibility to become blurred as adult parents lose their health and independence. The play focuses on the lives of Bob and Betty and their adult children Cathy and Michael. Each forced to deal in his own way with a painful move from the only house Bob and Betty have lived in throughout their fifty years of marriage. As the move progresses all must face the harsh reality that some boxes can’t be unpacked.

Great, in all ways too real. Audiences will adore the Dad and Michael characters. They read so true you can almost touch them through their language. The story is pulled together wonderfully. The “unpacking of the boxes” is beautiful and the symbolism of it comes softly without suggestion. This is a picture of the American family after the credits roll. The kind that leaves a heavy lump in the back of your throat. ”- Rebecca Cox

Scotus Central Catholic High: The Performance for a Life

Have you ever saved a life? It’s unlikely when choosing which play to perform that the Director, thinks, “Now which one of these will save an audience member’s life?” In fact, the thinking is probably more along the lines of, “Which play can this cast get through without killing each other.” But then, Scotus Central Catholic High School comes along and their story is as beautiful and engaging as their performance of May I Have Your Attention, Please? I recently was able to speak with, Daniel Strecker who played Chris Borthwick in the play four years ago. I had heard the rumors of some school in Nebraska whose performance had saved a life, but until now, I never knew the rest of the story.
Scotus Central Catholic High School is a small school (400 students), located in Columbus, NE.  It’s a parochial school, and like most schools,  money is tight. In Daniel’s sophomore year of high school the Fine Arts had to cut its budget to save other activities like sports and academic extracurriculars. One Acts was one of the things that was cut. [In case you don’t know what it is, it is a short play acting competition usually the duration of One Act (hence the name).] This may not seem very different from a lot of other schools across the country who when forced to make budget cuts have turned to the arts as one of the first budget items to cut. Though this cut is only the beginning of the story, it easily could have been the end.
Fortunately, at the end of Daniel’s Junior year it was announced that One Acts would be returning. This decision made Daniel and other fans of the Fine Arts very happy. They turned to Director, Becki Zanardi to direct the one act play entry. She accepted the huge challenge of putting together a troupe from the interested but inexperienced students. Only one student had experienced at One Acts competition as an assistant to a stage manager. So the troupe faced quite a challenge.
Once the One Acts were brought back and the teacher was in place, the group read many scripts together. The group was comprised of 20 students total which included the actors and stage crew. The  group was eager to get started but were frustrated early on because they couldn’t find a script they enjoyed or wanted to do or one they felt they could even pull off. Then they found May I Have Your Attention, Please?. When they got to the end of the group read for that script, “the room was silent.” 
Daniel said, “We knew we wouldn’t win anything for One Acts. We had no experience.
We knew we wanted to spend our time well and felt that the script portrayed a message we were willing to work and stand behind.The script really brought us together as actors. We had to be vulnerable as our characters, which isn’t common for a high school performance. We had to spend a lot of time focusing on certain lines because they were raw enough to make it difficult.
For me, playing Chris was difficult. I took acting a little more seriously so I tried as hard as I could to understand his character. I never knew how to say my ABCs backwards until I played Chris! “
The inexperienced troupe ranked 3rd overall at District and Daniel was awarded Best AIMG_0766[1]ctor for his role as Chris Borthwick. It was then on to District Competition and that’s when the unbelievable happened. The audience had responded well and the Scotus troupe felt their performance had been solid but nothing prepared them for what was about to happen. 
“We were told that a life was saved.”
Daniel, explains, “A girl came up to me with a friend. They explained to me that someone from their school had thought about suicide for awhile and that our performance saved her life that night.  They were so impacted by this saving of their friend that they suggested talking to the judges and asking them to let us go to state so that more people could see it performed in the event we didn’t win. Their friend who was near suicide and these two girls were so moved by the script. It was so emotional. I went into my first year of college with an acting scholarship because I realized that if the stage can move someone this much I don’t want to leave it.”
May I Have Your Attention, Please? is by far my favorite play I’ve ever performed. I heard an analogy that I think is fitting for the situation.
A drop of water never comes to know the ripples it makes. (This is true of course because the force causes the water to go out and by the time it returns it’s already a part of the body of water it dropped into). This script moved me and all of my cast mates and I’m sure it moved many audiences. I think it saved more than just one life in our 3 performances of it (District, Conference, and an open audience performance).”
If the analogy is correct, this inexperienced drama troupe from a school of 400 set off a rippling effect in a mighty big way. Who can say they’ve saved a life? What greater feat is there? And they did it with theatre. Is there anything more meaningful or magical? This playwright thinks not.
Recognizing the lifesaving Cast: Valerie Borer,  Conner Moran,  Jacob Neinaber,  Carly Burkhardt,  Emily Kosch,  Daniel Strecker, Jenny Ryan and Director, Becki Zanardi 
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13 Reasons Why… to Choose This Play

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  1. The play allows your troupe to tackle the important issue of teen suicide.  (A Nebraska School who performed the play at a One Act Competition, had an audience member say the play saved her life!) #Theatre4Change
  2. The play allows for community resources to be utilized and a dialogue to begin. Many schools have guest Counselors lead a discussion with parents, students and community members after the performance.
  3. The play does not glorify suicide and leaves the ending open so there is no graphic content or depiction of suicide.
  4. The play offers an outstanding role for a leading male actor. Many actors who have played the role of Chris Borthwick have won best actor at state and Provincial competitions.
  5. The play takes place in one location so the set is a simple living room design. The costumes are also simple making this an affordable play for your budget.
  6. The play runs 30 minutes so it is perfect for one act play competitions.
  7. The play offers diverse parts with 3 female and 3 male, 1 m or f role and up to 7 extras.
  8.  The play is perfect for Student Directed one act nights. It has become a favorite of casts and student directors. Student Directors love the message yet it presents a challenge they also embrace in directing.
  9. The play has an original theme song which may be performed with the play or used separately for opening track if you have musically inclined students.
  10. The playwright is very active in spotlighting your performances of the play and helping you to spread the message. The website offers many interviews, photos and video clips to help you with ideas for your performance. In addition, the playwright would consider it an honor to video chat with your troupe and answer questions about the play or writing process.
  11. The play is perfect for Community Theatres and Summer Theatre programs as well. Character ages range from tween to adult. Middle Schools, High Schools and Community Theatre groups have performed this long running play.
  12. The play offers a list of Directors who are willing to share their experiences with performing the play so this is a great piece for a new Director.
  13. The play closes with the statistics of suicide and the warning signs so it is educational as well as engaging. #13ReasonsWhy #Theatre4Change

2 thoughts on “13 Reasons Why… to Choose This Play”

    1. Thank you for your interest! The script has been performed for and by 8th graders. I am providing the link for you to read a sample of the script. If you feel it is appropriate after that, I will make sure you are able to read it in its entirety. There are also video clips of segments of performances on the website which may be helpful for you too.

      This is the first 6 pages of the script and some stats of the ending.

      Preview Script

      Thank you for you interest and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

      Sincerely,

      Catherine Rhoden-Goguen
      Theatre4Change

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