The Horseplay Theatre at Manvel High School celebrates diversity with its upcoming production of Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God. The play follows the story of a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, who is estranged from both the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world until she meets a young speech therapist and falls in love.
Most of the action takes place at a state school for the deaf, requiring MHS students to learn sign language and study the speech patterns and challenges faced by students who grow up unable to hear.
Director David B. Soward specifically chose this show to challenge his students’ understanding of the world outside their own. His students have been researching differently challenged groups to better understand diversity and the importance of inclusion in our society.
Cast members include Emily Trammel as Sarah, Jon Stowell as James, Diego Portillo as Orin, Emilee Peterson as Lydia, E.J. Villanueva as Mr. Franklin, Laura Rybcki as Ms. Norman, and Emily Favian as Ms. Klein.
Crew members are Garrett Kolodziejcyk, Amanda McClure, Hailey McClure, Matteo Flores, Sam Hernandez, and Kyle Trammel; and understudies include Ben Berryman, Garrett Dawkins, Daelin Elzie, Maddie Feidler, Lauren Green, Gabriella Hastings, Freia Pamintuan, and Andreina Ahrens.
The student assistant director for the production is Hannah Meade.
Children of a Lesser God is Manvel High School’s entry into the UIL One-Act Play competition at Dawson High School on March 27 at 5:30 p.m.