Drama students at North Augusta High School spread the message Friday of what it’s like to lose a peer to drugs.
Students participated in the Garcia Theatre Project at University of South Carolina Aiken and presented The Empty Chair by Tim Kelly.
Junior Amanda Vance played a recovering substance abuser and said it was interesting because the character’s personality was so different than her own.
“The outfit and stuff, it’s so not me,” she said, adding that she had to change her thinking to understand her character.
The play featured a group of students in a counseling center with one chair that was empty after their friend Robert died from an overdose.
“It’s been interesting, but fun,” said senior Kwashane Robison, who directed the play. He said the challenge he faced as director was getting classmates “out of their shell”.
Drama teacher Rachel DuFault said the students didn’t pick the play, but they liked it because the characters were edgy.
The competition offers students an
opportunity to learn from college students in theater through workshops offered prior to the play. Students participated in improvisation and dance workshops.
Students had to audition to participate in the Garcia Theatre Project. Cast members included Victoria Long, Savannah Faulkner, Carson Faulkner, Pedro Cervantes, Devin Robinson, Vance, Kejah McKnight and Rebecca Rudisill.
The crew consisted of Krysta Ethridge, Kelsie Blocker, Emma Kitchens, Ryan Stephens, Long and Caitlyn Campbell.
Faulkner and Robinson were named to the All-Star Cast, and Stephens won Best Technical Organization.
Other high schools that participated included Midland Valley, which won the competition, and South Aiken and Ridge Spring -Monetta.
The Empty Chair will be performed again at North Augusta High at 5 p.m. Friday in the auditorium. Admission is $5.
For more information, contact the school at (803) 442-6100.