For the second year in a row and fifth time in six years, members of Lakeland’s Theatricians drama club will stage an entirely student-led performance.
The local production of “In My Shoes,” a tale of life as a teen in a military family, debuts tonight at 7:30 at the Bradley Theatre. Additional performances are Friday and Saturday at the same time. Admission is $2 for members of the general public and is free for Lakeland students, faculty, staff and military veterans.
Lakeland students Katherine Zielsdorf and Brittany Beckmann are the co-directors of the 45-minute play, which will be performed with the audience seated in chairs on the stage.
Zielsdorf said “In My Shoes,” written by Craig Thornton with help from high school students in upstate New York, focuses on how military dependents deal with frequent moves and other issues unique to children of military personnel.
Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech Charlie Krebs, who has a part in the play, has enjoyed watching Zielsdorf and Beckmann run the show.
“They’ve got lots of good ideas, and it’s really fun watching them try things,” Krebs said. “I like sitting back and having them tell me what to do. It puts them in a leadership position and I love that. They have determined what they want the lighting to look like, and they have created the entire program and casting. It’s rewarding to watch them pull this off.”
Student cast members for “In My Shoes” are:
- Josh Borts
- Becca Elliott
- Rachel Hakala
- Greg Heinen
- Lindsay Kleckner
- Miranda Miller
- Elizabeth Plotka
- Leah Ulatowski