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.”
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.
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.