is preparing for our first production of the 2014-2015 production season, "Up
The Down Staircase", presented on November 14th and 15th at 7:00 in the high
"Hi, Teach!" are the first words to greet attractive Sylvia Barrett. There's a
special happiness in walking into the still-empty classroom and for the first
time writing her name on the blackboard. Students pour into the classroom,
cautious, testing, challenging. Simultaneously, there's a blizzard of
paperwork, warnings, contradictory orders, indecipherable instructions.
Frantic, Sylvia begins to fear she doesn't even understand the language. An
experienced teacher translates: "Keep on file in numerical order" means throw
in wastebasket. "Let it be a challenge" means you're stuck with it.
"Interpersonal relationships" means a fight between kids. And "It has come to
my attention" means you're in trouble. Soon Sylvia finds herself the most
involved person in the school--involved in the start of a romance and in a near
war with a discipline-over-everything administrator, but, most of all, involved
in the unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking problems of her students.