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Improv play to take center stage at American Memorial Park in June

SPECIAL education teacher Barbara Sher will stage a no-script-everything-improv play on June 8-9 at  American Memorial Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Titled “Choices,” the play is about letting students know that they have choices whenever they are dealing with difficult situations, Sher said.

The play will present five different scenarios in which students have to cope with challenges in their relationships with their parents, teachers, peers, boyfriend or girlfriend or with their surroundings or culture.

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Chenoa Bunts-Anderson, Seranicia Amirez and Marielle Sambilay rehearse a scene while Barbara Sher, back to the camera, looks on.  Photo by David Butterfield

Sher said the actors have been rehearsing twice a week since March at Marianas High School.

The cast members are Chenoa Bunts-Anderson, Ainah Chargualaf, Emma Timmons, Esther Huh, Jerrid Igisaiar, Jodie Gottwald Kelvin Wolf, Marielle Sambilay, Seranicia Amirez and Tifanny Cayading.

Sher did not hold an audition but selected students who wanted to be part of the presentation. All of the 10 actors are MHS students.

Sher said the no-script play may be well-rehearsed but the dialogue is real.

“The dialogue is about the kids and their problems,” she added. Although some of the actors do not have first-hand experience with the scenarios in the play, “you will get a glimpse of what they feel about the negative situation because they see it happen to their friends and other people they know.”

 “Choices,” Sher said, is sponsored by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Community Guidance Center’s CNMI Youth Suicide Prevention Program.

The improvisation, which gives the actors freedom to express what they feel, will make it easier for the audience to relate to those feelings, she said.

“I want the audience to say ‘I’ve been thinking about that too,’ or ‘that could be me’, or ‘she thinks that way too?’ ”

She said the play is “well thought out and planned and yet it is so much closer to reality because what the actors are saying is coming from the heart and based on their insights.”

Improv, she added, “is all about expressing inner thoughts and what one really thinsk. People don’t always say what they’re feeling. They act differently from what they think because they want to be accepted. We are trying to say be true to yourself. If you have difficulty saying it, say it in a theater production.”

An author and occupational therapist, Sher has been on Saipan for 20 years now and has produced three improv plays. “Choice” will be her fourth.