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PSU Theater Evaluate: Really feel Like Excessive Faculty Once more With "The Wolves" – Pittsburg Morning Solar.

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Jordan Meier

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PITTSBURG, Kan. – In their latest virtual production, the Pittsburg State University theater explores the complexities inherent in a young girl, especially those who are part of a team.

In "The Wolves" you can see the members of an indoor soccer team who can only be recognized by the numbers on their jerseys for a large part of the game. With scenes that take place either before or between games, the audience gets snapshots of the girls' lives. Aside from the occasional mention of Boy Scouts who come to games, the turf field the players sit on, or the jerseys the actors wear, the athletic nuances of the production take a back seat as the game gains momentum.

As a former member of the high school sports team, I was transported back to the days of semicircle stretching from the first line as I gossiped and debated all the things that seem so important to girls by the age of 16.

From the classic debate about pads against tampons to all the drama that comes with having a boyfriend and sometimes even debating world events like the genocide in Cambodia and children in cages on the US-Mexico border, the Essence of a teenage girl is beautifully captured, and this is largely thanks to the actors.

From the start, # 13, played by Payton Boswell, and # 7, played by Bella L’Heureux, grab your attention with their cheeky attitudes and one-liners that make you giggle. However, each character gets their moment in the spotlight and, beyond the play's fun nature, sheds light on issues any teenage girl might face.

Goalkeeper # 00, played by Hunter Adamson, shows the pressure and fear many high schoolers face in trying to be "perfect" as they prepare for the future. # 46, played by Audrey Hartwell, depicts the struggle of being the new kid in school and making friends, and together the characters convey heartbreakingly what it's like to lose someone you're close to at a young age.

While only available for viewing on a virtual platform, the ability to film performance on an actual indoor soccer field only enhances the viewing experience. You really feel like you are on the soccer field with the team because you are.

On the outside, some might assume this piece is just football and dismiss it as something they wouldn't like or identify with, but I disagree.

In “The Wolves” everyone can relate to something because we all know what it is like to be at that age. We know what it feels like to think you've figured out the world only to find out that you really have no idea. We know what it's like to be afraid of the future and we know what it's like to be 16.

If you have an hour and fifteen minutes to spare this weekend, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket to stream The Wolves. Tickets are $ 6 and will be available online starting tonight, March 4th through Sunday, March 7th at midnight.

Jordan Meier works for the morning sun. She can be reached at jmeier@morningsun.net

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