The Wrestling Season
Graham Luker, Smyrna, (r) and Tim Mullins, Winchester, (l) star in a powerful production, which examines bullying's potentially devastating effects.
, by Laurie Brooks, is a powerful, 90-minute examination of peer pressure's potentially devastating effects.
With recent media attention squarely focused on our nation's teens and the harassment, bullying and intimidation they face daily, both in and out of school, Manchester's Millennium Theatre believed, with lives at stake, time was of the essence in producing the area premiere of this exciting and interactive theatre piece.
The Wrestling Season runs only one weekend (April 7, 8 & 9 @ 7.30 pm., with matinees on April 8, 9 & 10 @ 2.30 pm.) at Duck River Electric Membership Corporation's building – 213 East Fort Street, Manchester, TN. 37355. Due to the event's interactive nature, entry will be capped at only 50 per show.
Because of the abbreviated run and the limited seating, reservations are highly recommended and may be secured immediately, for only $8 a spot, by calling (931) 570-4489. Groups are especially welcome. The initial run will sell-out quickly. But don't worry – The Wrestling Season is designed to tour, and private, off-site performances on alternate dates can also be booked now by calling (931) 409-0290.
Free Facilitator's Study Guides (aligned to Local, State and National Educational Content Curriculum Standards and Objectives) as well as Tour Specifications Agreements (containing all necessary information to schedule special showings) can be downloaded from http://middletennesseearts.com .
Our youth daily face the issues with which The Wrestling Season deals. But seldom will they discuss these issues openly; much less honestly, in the presence of adults.
The show is rated “PG-13” to allow exploration of sensitive themes through frank, though not graphic, language. A “feedback forum” is included in each performance, where audiences interact directly with the characters.
In addition to young people, Millennium strongly encourage community leaders, parents, pastors, educators and youth workers to attend and to fully participate. Having positive, adult roles models on-hand is always valuable when confronting controversial issues with youth.
A psychologist has been available during rehearsals to guide the performers, and will likewise be available to audiences after each show to provide resources, discuss referrals or offer any other necessary, immediate interventions.
The Wrestling Season features an all-star cast of area favorites; a rare combination of both top theatre and top athletic talents from a wide range of schools, including Graham Luker (Blackman High School), Matthew Rudder (Franklin County High School), Sarah Basile (Gateway Christian School), Katherine Smith (Tullahoma High School), Timothy Mullins (FCHS), Amanda Wright (Coffee County High School), John Luc (Tullahoma Christian Academy) and Katie Peterson (CCHS).
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