High School Students Tackle Controversial Play

Spring-Ford Youth Community Theater to Present The Laramie Project

ROYERSFORD, PA  – Spring-Ford Youth Community Theater is proud to present The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project at the Spring-Ford 8th Grade Center located at 700 Washington Street, Royersford, PA 19468. Performances run Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, May 3rd through the 12th.  Curtain is a 7:30 p.m.

The cast is made up of high school students in grades 10 through 12.  Spring-Ford Youth Community Theater President, Bonnie Fetteroff, directs.  Laramie is the capstone production for the group’s 2011-2012 season, its 14th.

The extensive research that would ultimately become The Laramie Project began in November 1998, one month after Matthew Shepard, a young, openly gay man, was abducted, brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming.  Over the course of eighteen months, the writers traveled to Laramie six times and conducted over 200 interviews with its residents to document the community’s views on homosexuality, their reaction to the crime itself as well as to the fact that the perpetrators were two local youth.

The New York Times hailed The Laramie Project as an “. . . enormously good-willed, very earnest and often deeply moving work of theatrical journalism . . .” and Curtain Up called it “. . . a play of forceful but never showy dramatic impact, its seriousness leavened with laughter”.

The Laramie Project asks the audience to call into question the beliefs and values that form the very foundation of modern society: faith, trust, tolerance, forgiveness, community, and the desire for truth.

Please Note: Due to adult themes and language, this production is only suitable for mature audiences.

 Tickets for The Laramie Project are available at the door at a price of $10, advanced tickets are available for $6 from any cast member or by emailing tickets@sfyct.org.

Spring-Ford School District Losing Both Superintendent And Assistant Superintendent

Makes me wonder what’s in the water over there!  Both the superintendent and assistant superintendent have announced their plans to retire at the end of the school year, leaving Spring-Ford without an easy replacement option to fill the top job.  How often does that happen??

Spring-Ford Area SD Passes Their Budget

The Spring-Ford Area School District passed their $125.5 million dollar 2010-2011 budget, but not without some pain.  Taxes in the district will increase 2% and 5 employees have lost their jobs.  The budget was approved 7-1 by the Board of Education.

This scenario is certainly not as bad as some places I have reported on, however, even a growing and fairly well-off district like Spring-Ford is having to make tough financial decisions.

The Spring-Ford Area School District has over 7500 students, 12 schools and employs over 1,000 people.  The district is the second largest in Montgomery County after North Penn (Lansdale).