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Exhibiting 'Appropriate Audience Behavior'

Westwood Middle School comedy demonstrates how to act by using bad examples


December 7, 2017

John McCallum

Left, Carol (Sophia Watkins) tries to mask her irritation as Cathy (Taylor Cook) texts during a production of "Hamlet."

Sometimes the best way to get a point across is to do exactly the opposite of what you intend to say.

Such is the premise of Westwood Middle School's first drama production "Appropriate Audience Behavior." The 25–35 minute comedy by playwright Ian McWelthy follows the trials of Carol and Ashley, two women who attend a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" expecting to see a tale of woe but instead, experience their own tragedy by having to sit next to some of the "world's noisiest weirdos."

It was this aspect of McWelthy's one-act play that attracted Westwood drama instructors Robin Miller...

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