MHS Theatre to present Girls Like That

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MHS Theatre will present the Madison-area premiere of Girls Like That with three performances in early February.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1-3 at the Performing Arts Center. Reserved tickets are available online at middletontheatre.org. Same-day tickets can be purchased at the door before show time. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

When a nude photograph of Scarlett goes viral, she becomes the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. The play focuses on the consequences of living in the digital age but also has things to say about gender equality, friendships. and the state of feminism.

“This is a powerful and important story to tell at this time in our history. Although there is still a long way to go, we are naming realities about the way women are perceived and treated by society,” MHS Theatre director Kendra Dando said. “By exploring these challenging issues that are so true and relevant to the lives of our students, we hope to foster discussion and encourage empathy for all.”

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Another layer explored in the show is around the use of technology and cyberbullying. The play is a must-see for adults, Dando said.

“This play portrays the reality for many students in middle and high schools across the country. Kids have always felt the need to fit in, but technology has exponentially upped the ante to create a complex social world,” she said.

There will be a talk-back after each show, with a moderator helping the audience examine what they have just seen.

“People will have the opportunity to reflect on the powerful messages in the show and engage in meaningful discussion with the cast, crew, and with each other,” Dando said, adding that she and the students involved hope the play is just a starting point for further dialogue and thinking about these topics. 

Girls Like That, written by Evan Placey, was named Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2015. Due to strong language and mature themes, the show is recommended for teen-agers 13 years of age and older and their parents.