By Linda Wyeth
OWEN—It was a brilliant choice for a play for high school students on a dreary, snowy weekend in April – something light and fluffy to brighten the day. Drama teacher Jeffer Scheuer’s students in the O-W High School theatre department certainly demonstrated in “The Idiot’s Guide to High School” that they are far from idiotic in their ability to bring bored and not-quite-smart students to life.
Stars Emily Gokey and Sam Maki owned the stage in the O-W High School gymnasium in the lead roles of Earl and Shirley in the comedy written by Alan Haehnel. Emily was delightful as the flirtatious and air-headed Shirl, while Sam, as Earl, was as bossy and chauvanistic and obnoxious as any hayseed idiot ought to be. The only contest, really, was who was the bigger idiot – a question settled in the second act when, by popular student acclaim, Earl was named the real, complete idiot. Who knew?
With a terrific supporting cast, Emily and Sam danced across the stage and finally provided their classmates and the audience with the moral of the day: The only idiots among us are those who refuse to take to heart the most important lessons of being in high school, those that we carry with us through the rest of our lives – the value of friendship and kindness.