The Waxahachie High School theatre students put together yet another an outstanding performance, placing first in the University Interscholastic League’s district, bi-district and area contests. With their exceptional recognition, the plot of the one-act play provoked the community to see it again.
“A lot of people in the community have asked me to do another public performance since they are reading about it on social media,” Waxahachie theatre director Andy Reynolds said.
The students will perform their one-act play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” at 6:15 p.m. April 10 in the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.
The story focuses on the perspective of the main character, Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old autistic boy. What starts as the mystery of how his dog was murdered with a pitchfork, turns into Christopher finding his supposedly dead mother.
“Christopher really is not that all different from us. And sometimes to get perspective on things we need to see things through a different set of eyes. That’s been my theme with this show,” Reynolds emphasized.
The 40-minute long show is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Autism Treatment and Research. April is also Autism Awareness Month.
Reynolds’ favorite aspect of the play is how anyone in the audience can relate to a character. The content is raw, and the characters are merely flawed.
“The characters, the mom, and the dad — we are not apologetic for them. There are things in their parental life and their married life they haven’t done right. The script is really good at not apologizing for that.”
The students will compete in the regional contest on April 17 for a chance to advance to the state competition.