Photos by Kileen McKinsey
By India Russell
The Arts Academy at Pueblo County takes the stage to face a daunting challenge that has been affecting teens for years, teen depression and suicide. On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Arts Academy Students will perform “No One Hears Unless You Scream”, a production written by award- winning playwright Joey Maida, in front of the student body. This product was written after fifteen months of interviews with teenagers that have been struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, which then helped develop this cutting edge one act play that focuses on the problems developed in the young minds of teens. Sixteen actors will take the stage with six technicians working behind the scenes. It’s a "very experimental style, going in and out of the reality of what is facing teens," quoted play director Roxanne Pignanelli in the Pueblo Chieftain. This play is designed to give children a voice in their time where they feel like they have none. District 70 is committed to sharing this inspiring performance all throughout the District including: Pueblo West and Rye High School where it will be debuting soon. “This play must be seen and must be done now more than ever” Piganilli states in the Pueblo Chieftain.
“A breathtaking performance that left me feeling feelings that opened my eyes up to what’s happening around me” said County Student Kenzie Palette after having front row seats at Pueblo County’s “No One Hears You Unless You Scream”. The play portrayed an interesting twist on the message that schools all over the world have been trying to get across to students for years. Sixteen peers (or actors) from our school took the stage where different scenes are acted out telling the story of the character’s problems: drug abuse, bullying, abusive relationships, problems that are quite common in real life. The way the play was formed and performed and the little details that just pieced the whole performance together really left the audience wanting more.