Today was a special day in the life of PHS junior Meghan Hess, who aspires to be a professional screenwriter or playwright. At the Kansas Thespian Festival, her play, "Tender is the Tell-Tale Heart: A Brief Odyssey of Love," was brought to life in a "world premier."
Meghan, who wrote the one-act in an independent study with PHS theatre teacher Greg Shaw, submitted it to the Kansas Thespian Playworks contest and it was chosen as the top entry in the state. Yesterday during the festival, auditions were held and a cast selected.
Today, the cast workshopped it and performed it to a sizable audience of fellow festival attendees. Story summary: F. Scott Fitzgerald (played by Ryan Leibold of Free State High School), Edgar Allen Poe (played by Austin Hancock of Field Kinley High School), and Homer (played by Chris Pendry of Free State High School), come to life as a figment of the imagination of a young poet (played by Katy Brown of PHS) attempting to craft the perfect poem for her true love (played by Alex Perkins of PHS).
Following a Standing O, Meghan fielded questions and suggestions for improving it before taking it to the International Thespian Festival this summer.