Ah, high school. That period of life when one is expected to reach that coveted level of maturity that sculpts the gawky, awkward teenager into a prepared, young adult, ready to face the world… or so they say. In fact, anyone who has to spend seven wretched hours a day, five days a week, surrounded by high school students may challenge this notion. From the spontaneous games of tag in the hallways to unfinished business in the restroom, it is easy to ask the question, “How much have we really changed since the toddler stage?” Even more perplexing, how is it possible for so many of these students, supposedly at the peak of their maturity, to blatantly disregard basic life lessons taught as early as elementary school?
Perhaps it is quite fitting, then, that the Logan High theater department decided on Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” as this year’s play, featuring performers Ashton Bergsjo, Daniel Francis, Emma Goring, Patrick Grob, Maddie Kondel, Morgan Ogilvie, Clarity Perry, Sophie Shepherd, Victoria Stafford and Curtis White. Backstage crew members included Brandon Carrico and Tristen Cooper.
The play is comprised of several vignettes based off of Fulghum’s short essays covering a range of topics, such as childhood, inclusion, purpose, religion, mourning, and death. Laced with humor and depth, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” offers insight about the simplicity and valor of the life story, asserting that the basic rules expected of kindergarteners should be adhered by adults alike for a better world.
“You guys should feel special,” audience member Klara Ricks said to cast members after a performance. “I cried… twice! And I never cry!”
Performer Maddie Kondel also found the Fulghum’s writing to be touching and endearing. “I just thought that they were short but sweet stories, and they could be uplifting and positive,” she said of her favorite scenes ‘Are There Any Questions?’ and ‘Christmas/Valentine’s Day.’ “All of the stories were really cute though, and if you listened closely to them, you were able to gather messages that could possibly help you in your life.”
"I cried... twice! And I never cry!"
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