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Tragedy and triumph take the stage

Farmington High School Theatre Guild will present the drama “Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon” March 11-13 at Truman Auditorium. The house opens at 7 p.m. with curtain time at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for general admission or $3 with a student picture identification.

According to Director Kevin Marler, the play tells the story of three young people tragically marked by events in their lives. The title character, Junie Moon, is played by Emily Francisco. Her face is scarred after being burned by acid. While hospitalized, she meets two young men. Arthur, played by Adam Qualls, suffers from neurological disorders and Warren, played by Ben Wright, is confined to a wheelchair following a shooting accident.

“Following their release from the hospital, they decide to make a go of it and they find a place to live,” said Marler.

He shared that the central theme of the play is love. Each of the characters have been abandoned by their family, and they are working at making it through with the support and friendship of each other. While the play is a serious drama, Marler adds that there are some light-hearted moments as well. He added that he has seen an impact that the theme of the play has made on those involved in the production.

“All of the students have learned to respect those individuals with disabilities. Ben spends all of his time on stage in a wheelchair and he shared that he has seen a different side of things because of that,” he said.

Also in the cast are McKinley Murphy, Tyler Smith, Lauren Pulley, Ashley Beavers, Logan Epps, Sara Redman, Kyle Wright, Rene Montague, and Andrew Engler. Voice actors include Jonathan Fournier, Kim Rudasill, Andy Towler, Amanda Medlock, Becky Melville, Elisha Parker, Keesha Diaz, and Stephanie Flanigan. The technical crew includes Nicole Brown, Keesha Diaz, Chris Robert, Jonathan Fournier, John McNeill, Brittany Wunning, Becky Melville, Elisha Parker, Katie Jenkins, Alex Slipstart, Andy Towler, Kim Rudasill, Stephanie Flanigan, Hannah Allen, Brock Martin, Jesse Richardet, Kaitlin Doughty, Travis Walker, Adam Halley, Lunch Box, Amanda Medlock, Leslie Melone, Ashley McDowell, Amber Barber, Liz Deer, and Amanda Beard.

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