Drama At Cross Creek High School

What an honor the day before my birthday to see that the message of May I Have Your Attention, Please? is being shared in such wonderful ways. I applaud the efforts of this High School!  #Theatre4Change

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

Justin Gilmore, Staff Writer

Drama is coming to Cross Creek, and, it’s the good kind.

New teacher and drama director Mr. D.L Barksdale is a former New Yorker who has a history in cinema. Barksdale is bringing a fresh breath of theatre that the school has never seen before, and he plans to do it soon. “May I have your attention, please?” is a one act play written by Catherine Rhoden-Goguen that the drama department performed in Milledgeville, Georgia during the regional acting competition back in October.

The play is centered around Chris, a high school student who feels as if he gets no love from his family, and is the black sheep. He tries to talk to them about how he feels, but is it too late for them to save him when he has already contemplated taking his life?

Cross Creek student and uprising actor Christian Thomas won the All Star Cast award for his portrayal of Brent. Barksdale felt as if this play was the best choice for students and teachers alike because it discusses a topic considered taboo in high school: teenage suicide.

Unknown to students, teachers went to a training seminar based on suicide prevention, and Barksdale felt as if “this was the best way to continue the conversation among the teachers, and leave room for conversations to be initiated by the students.”

The play will be debuting on November 17th, and will be accompanied by poetry, music, and other forms of art that could prevent teenage suicide, in hopes of not only extending a helping hand, but making it go much further than a one act play.

People Fascinate Me

I’ve always been fascinated by the lives of others and the events that shape their character and actions. In particular, Grace Moore was a famous opera singer who grew up in the city I was born in, Jellico, TN. Her ability to come from a small town and achieve worldwide fame was inspirational to me as a young writer. Her life inspired me to write this play, More Grace. Find out more about Grace Moore


Sometimes, I’m Funny

I’m not really funny by nature but on occasion I write a comedy. This first comedy was a KNPS (Kentucky New Play Series) winner and premiered at the Kentucky State Fair this year. The video clip is from, RE DO IT. Have you ever had a bad day, or had a situation that you wish you could have handled differently? Now you can – with the new cell phone app “RE DO IT! Enjoy Haleigh Rose Banks, Joshua Collins, Chloe McMurry, and Sadie Banks in the performance of the comedy play “RE DO IT” as part of Middlesborough Little Theatre’s 2016 scholarship fundraiser “An Evening of One-Acts”! (Video clip ©2016 Middlesborough Little Theatre. All Rights Reserved.) Thanks to Shawn Williams for the video. STAY TUNED TO 2017 FOR INFO ON PURCHASING PERFORMANCE RIGHTS for the full version of this ONE ACT.   #Theatre4Change

Spreading the Message in Alberta, Canada

Lamont High School, Alberta, Canada bring May I Have Your Attention, Please to the stage. Enjoy the short clips of their performance. Thanks Lamont HS for sharing the message in Canada and we look forward to photos, comments or any newspaper articles you want to share.  #Theatre4Change

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May I Have Your Attention, Please?  performed by Christian Honce

May I Have Your Attention, Please?  performed by Clay County HS Drama

May I Have Your Attention, Please?  performed by Jeff Griffith

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