High school’s ‘Juvie’ set for Feb. 14-16

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By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Quite a few years back, Sean Downing, who teaches at Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS) and produces plays for the drama department, learned about a play called “Juvie” by Jerome McDonough. He became intrigued with its plot line, writing and subject matter, and made a promise to himself to produce the play at some time. And now is the time.
“Juvie” is set in a juvenile detention center. It depicts the life of kids who are scared, lonely and locked up. Some are drug offenders, some have killed and some are just misfits. “Juvie” tackles some tough life events and subject matter, and offers powerful insights into the thoughts and minds of its young prisoners.
Downing is a beloved teacher at PSHS, and has given his heart and talents to his students for many years.
The cast of “Juvie” ranges from ninth grade to 12th and includes: Blaze Gutierrez, Rheanna Gallegos, Alex Rountree, Maya Nasralla, Sydney Mitchell, Jayden Rodina, Sara Laucius, Hunter Swinehart, Elise Yeager, Cerenity Keating, Tiarra Downing, Ian Stewart and Miles Roque.
“Juvie” will play Feb. 14, 15 and 16 in the high school auditorium with curtain at 7 p.m. Admission is $8, and proceeds will go to the drama department. Make the time to attend this insightful play and support the work of our young actors in Pagosa.

This story was posted on February 11, 2019.