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Central High Production has Important Lessons for Students

On Nov. 13-15, “The Elephant Man,” by Bernard Pomerance, will be performed at Parkway Central High School. This play is the true story of Joseph Merrick, an outcast suffering from a disfiguring disease.

“The play can and should be used as a starting place for philosophical discussions around the ideas of self-identity, illusion and normalcy,” says Central High drama teacher, Nicole Voss. “The play interrogates our ideas of what each of us considers 'normal' and illustrates that everyone has at one time or another felt not 'normal' in some way,” says Voss.

To bring additional meaning and relevance for students, Voss has planned a preview performance for Wednesday, Nov. 12. Students will have the opportunity for discussion afterward.

In addition, the theatre department is teaming up with Project Help, a student service group, and donating 20 percent of the Nov. 15 performance proceeds to Operation Smile. Through Operation Smile, medical professionals volunteer to repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships for healthcare around the world.

Public performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13-15 at Central High’s theatre. Tickets are $5/students and $8/adults. Please call the box office to reserve tickets: (314) 415-5944.