I Just Wanna Tell Somebody Impacting the Knights
By: Kelsie Lopes
The simple cover of the playbook.
Social awareness is exceptionally important to Knightdale’s first year theatre arts teacher Nicole Gibbs as she begins the process of creating the bold, gritty, and realistic play I Just Wanna Tell Somebody written by Harold J. Haynes. This production aims to focus the public’s attention on parental abuse of teenagers. Real-life scenarios are presented, and although the play’s melancholy content may be somewhat disturbing, this production leaves the audience with an impulse to speak out about abuse, leaving them wanting to say “I just wanna tell somebody!”
Gibbs, the director of the play, is preparing for the play by having the auditioners participate in a group audition in which the actors take on cold readings, and also improvise. Gibbs expects her casts dedication, their education, and also their awareness about the importance of this production. What she expects of the school is their complete awareness, and a full house on opening night. Gibbs says, “I really want everyone talking about it.”
When asked who her favorite playwright is and what her favorite play is, Gibbs exclaimed “That’s not fair! There’s so many good ones.” However, after much contemplation, she says that I Just Wanna Tell Somebody might be one of her favorites, and August WIlson, the playwright who wrote Fences, was her favorite playwright.
Optimism was exclaimed throughout the duration of the interview, especially when she faced the question “do you think drama/theatre is considered a form of art?” She responded almost immediately. “Absolutely,” she declared. “You get to take and create life.”
This phenomenal production, premiering both Thursday March 27th and Friday March 28th in the auditorium at Knightdale High School. Admission prices are 5$ in advance, and 7$ at the door. So come and watch, discover, and learn about this immensely vital story through the eyes of quite a few influential characters.