“Women and War,” Johns Creek High School’s one-act play, shows stories of war through the eyes of American women.
“I’ve been having to do a lot of research and watching a lot of news shows,” said junior Annie Lee who plays a modern-day female soldier who recently came home from Afghanistan.
Lee said she was 6 years old when the Sept. 11 attacks happened, and she has worked hard to understand what her character might have felt fighting for her country after such an attack.
“I was so naïve to everything when I was 6,” she said. “Right after I got cast was the anniversary so I watched all the specials and learned a lot about it.”
Drama teacher and director Deborah Prost said the play follows the roles of women throughout World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War and the Gulf War. From wives to nurses to soldiers themselves, women and their connection to wars will be depicted by the teenagers.
“It’s just their stories throughout the different wars,” she said.
Prost said she encouraged the students to research the different time periods,
especially those they were directly depicting.
“I asked them to find personal stories of people,” she said. “Really, these are not historical figures; these are just normal people going through it.”
Senior Tim Trent, who is playing a soldier from the Korean War, said it was a little difficult cultivating a character relationship on stage when in the course of the play the characters are rarely, if ever, together.
Sophomore Lizzie Bond plays Trent’s wife and she said it took a while to get used to acting as if they were far away.
“It’s a lot more difficult than a normal show,” she said. “It’s a new experience.
Prost said this is also the first show Johns Creek High School will do using projections on set. Footage from news broadcasts will play behind the cast at certain parts in the show, giving it another dimension all together.
The show will run at Johns Creek High School Oct. 11 to 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.