High school students performed their own original monologues during the ninth annual Writers/Directors’ Winter Monologue Showcase on Jan. 15. The showcase gave students a unique opportunity to perform a staged reading of their original work. Each script was united by a common theme, which could be interpreted individually. This year’s theme was survival.

The monologues induced laughter, sympathy and sometimes even tears as the acting in the monologues was often intense. Produced and directed by English teachers Adele Bolitho and Lawrence Lynch, students are guided and encouraged to be both creative and courageous.

“The monologue workshop affords students a chance to become better writers and speakers through a unique creative outlet different from other clubs or courses,” said Lynch.  “No two shows are alike, and students truly enjoy the often cathartic and fun process of exploring their own voices and feelings.” Bolitho agreed, adding that participants readily transfer the skills learned through the monologues into their academic classes.

Scripts, united by the core topic of survival, included subjects such as dealing with a break-up, coping during a blackout, finding redemption through adoption and surviving a persistent teacher, among others. Students draw upon their own experiences or use their imaginations to convey various situations.

Performers included Charlie Compono, Jessica Hancock, Jamie Murcott, Dan Peterson, Josephine Porco, Tori Rufrano, Jack Shearer, Mickey Shearer and Annette Witek.

Aynsley Leonardis and Will Campanella served as stage managers, Andrew Edwins was in charge of lighting, and videography was done by Nichole Miller.

The Writers/Directors’ Workshop is open to all high school students and new members are always welcome.  The Spring Play Scene performance will take place on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the mini-theater.