Ending its season, Theatre reflects on historic show

Theatre ended its performance season March 13 at District after advancing with a third-place finish in the Zone level of the competition season.

“[It was] the first time we advanced in the time I’ve been at Westlake,” junior Jemima Abalogu said. “It was really exciting. The first show we did at competition didn’t go well. We had massive technical difficulties surrounding lighting. But somehow we pulled it together enough to advance. Our second show at district went a lot better. A lot of us felt like that was a great show to end our competition season on.”

The play, “The Women of Lockerbie,” focuses on the women searching for clothes of the victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The play’s tone is distinctive among the plays that Theatre has put on in the past few seasons.

“I think it’s very unique because it’s modeled after a Greek tragedy,” sophomore Bryan Finley-James said. “It seems extremely floaty and almost spiritual — I really enjoyed it.”

The more serious subject matter and the added element of performing in a Scottish accent were seen as challenges for the cast in some aspects.  

“Lockerbie was a challenge for me with the fact that we had to do Scottish dialects,” Abalogu said. “It was the first time that I had to do that for a performance so it really put me out of my comfort zone. And it was very heavy. We have done dramas but we don’t usually do plays without a lot of humor in them. So it was hard to dedicate the emotionality it required each day.”