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Published January 26, 2011, 11:25 AM

Devils Lake Play Tackles Teen Issues

Devils Lake High School is trying to tackle issues, like bullying, through a unique way. A play is focusing on issues teens face every day. The confessional-style play allows the audience a glimpse into what a teen may not feel comfortable talking about and why.

Devils Lake High School is trying to tackle issues, like bullying, through a unique way.

A play is focusing on issues teens face every day.

When Julia Porter first chose "What I Want To Say But Never Will", she asked the drama students if they are or know someone, who is going through the issues that play discusses.

Porter says every single one of them raised their hands.

"It just asks a lot of questions and it gives voice to some of the thoughts and feelings and fears that they have," explains Porter.

The confessional-style play allows the audience a glimpse into what a teen may not feel comfortable talking about and why.

The topics range from normal issues such as crushes and changing relationships, to more serious issues, like bullying, eating disorders and abuse of various kinds.

And playing the parts isn't always easy, if you haven't had the experience.

Jace Riggen is an actor in the play.

He says, "if you haven't, it takes on a new light and you come to understand that in a different way."

Riggen says some of the issues teens face..deal with self exploration.

"If you're not really allowed to do that and you're constantly thinking about what you're supposed to be, you're not really going to find out who you are," said Riggen.

He says his generation is exposed to all sorts of things including alcohol, drugs, and all forms of communication.

But he hopes the play can help adults realize what teens go through.

"I think the play is away to change things. Bringing light, bring awareness. I personally think we live in a pretty apathetic world and the ability to see something an empathize with it. I think would make a huge difference," explained Riggen.

The show begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday.

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