Play written by ERHS student Harbeneh well-presented

Above, flirty teens played by Emily Moton, Morgan Shryock and Emily Meyer compete for the attention of John, played by Jordan Plachecki. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Above, flirty teens played by Emily Moton, Morgan Shryock and Emily Meyer compete for the attention of John, played by Jordan Plachecki. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Adam Harbaneh, an ERHS senior standout actor and musician, has tried  his hand at playwriting for the first time. His one-act tale of a doomed teenage love, “The Music Box,” was nicely done and well-received Saturday evening when presented at Zabee Theater along with the school’s competition play, “The Puppet Show.”

Adam Harbaneh

Adam Harbaneh

With dialogue alternately intense, humorous and poignant, he penned a story of John and Millie, both around 19, played by Jordan Plachecki and Aggie Menke, whose romance is cemented when he gives his beloved music box to her.

Jordan Plashecki as John presents his beloved music box to Aggie Menke as Millie. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Jordan Plashecki as John presents his beloved music box to Aggie Menke as Millie. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Their union is strongly opposed by her parents,  played by Anessa DeMers and Lucas Laniel. Alex Thorson plays Millie’s close friend and confidante in some key scenes. The romance turns tragic and there’s a gripping concluding scene with Millie’s spirit embracing the crestfallen John as he contemplates joining  her.
Harbanek cast and directed the play with assistance from fellow student Autumn Laniel, after getting the go-ahead from theatre director Michelle Brooks. Also a writer of poems and short stories, he said he’s already working on his next play, a comedy. He plans to major in theatre at a yet-to-be-determined college.

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