Senior Noah Seppanen is the writer and director of Dakota.

Auditions For Fall Play Today and Thursday

August 23, 2017

A first in the history of Poinciana High School’s theatre department, a play will be produced that is written and directed by a student enrolled in the program.

Senior Noah Seppanen wrote “Dakota” after he was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”, which he read in the eighth grade.

“It inspired me because we had to do our own project to emulate his writing,” Seppanen said. “I also watched movies like The Good Son around that time, so I took that broken family from the movies and put it with the twist and darkness of Poe.”

The play will run 30 minutes without an intermission.

Auditions for the play will take place at 2:30 p.m. on today and Thursday in the auditorium.

Auditions will be a cold read, meaning students will be given a scene from the script to act.

Students are not expected to read it perfectly, but are expected to show their willingness to act and perform.

As for advice, Seppanen says that students looking to audition for the play should come with an open mind.

“Don’t be afraid to really take your acting to another level,” Seppanen said. “It’s okay if you embarrass yourself.”

The play will premiere September 15. Ticket prices will be $3 for both students and adults.

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