North High School Junior Players directing plays

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North High’s Thespian Show will be presented on Jan. 11, 12 and 13. (Photo by Bill Cancellare)
North High’s Thespian Show will be presented on Jan. 11, 12 and 13. (Photo by Bill Cancellare)

North High School Junior Players will present their annual Thespian Show, titled “Coming to Terms” and consisting of one-act plays directed by twelfth-grade students, on Thursday, Jan. 11, Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m in the school auditorium at 35 Polo Rd.

Following is information about the plays, including playwrights and student directors.

“Jimmy the Antichrist,” written by Keith J. Powell and directed by Peri Litt, takes place on Thanksgiving at the Bailey household, as Jimmy and his new friend Colin return home from their first semester of college. Jimmy reluctantly reveals that he is, in fact, the Antichrist. The news does not go over well with the rest of the family, who refuse to accept their son’s alternative lifestyle.

“Perfect Score,” written by Katie Henry and directed by Amanda Sanders, focuses on four friends – a hippie, a jock, a perfectionist, and a slacker – as they negotiate the college application process as graduation day rapidly approaches. SATs and GPAs are just a part of their worries, as senioritis, awkward interviews, and the pressure to succeed provide even bigger hurdles in the race to the fat-envelope finish line.

“Removing the Glove,” written by Clarence Coo and directed by Kyra Friedland, is about the struggles of young Will, who has hid the fact that he is left-handed from his family and friends his entire life. Afraid of repercussions, he’s hid this sordid fact about himself for years; he even eats with his right hand. He can’t go on lying like this, but how can he come out of the glove compartment? Will our hero find the strength to reveal his true nature and “Remove the Glove”?

“Almost, Maine,” written by John Cariani and directed by Berk Soykan, follows the citizens of a small town as they experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers.

For tickets, please contact Ilana Schikler, drama teacher/director, at (516) 441-4743, or at ischikler@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

Please note: there will be no Saturday 2 p.m. performance as appears on the school district calendar.

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