Encinal Fall Play Kicks into Gear this Weekend

Leo Li -- The cast of Encinal Drama’s The Wolves.
Leo Li -- The cast of Encinal Drama’s The Wolves.

Encinal Fall Play Kicks into Gear this Weekend

Following the successful musical production of Legally Blonde (“Encinal Drama Club Goes Legally Blonde,” April 28; https://alamedasun.com/news/encinal-drama-club-goes-legally-blonde), Encinal High School’s (EHS) Drama Club will perform The Wolves Dec. 9-10. The play is directed by drama advisor and Encinal alumna Lachelle Morris.

The Wolves, written by Sara DeLappe, follows the lives of nine girls on a high school indoor soccer team with scenes showcasing dialogue during their pregame warmups. EHS students, Inky Arneson, Jamie Bowles, Ava Brandt, Samantha Cleminshaw, Ava Diener, Amelia Ericson, Caitlyn MacAskill, Kelis McCrea, and Claire Paano star in the December play.

“I am very excited, I heard that we already have forty tickets, which is a lot,” said Arneson, “I can’t even imagine 40 people being in this room right now, I’m excited.”

The Wolves will be the first performance for many students, but also for director Lachelle Morris. This will be Encinal’s first fall play since 2019 and Morris’ directorial debut.

“I feel pretty scared, excited, all of the above, because this is my directorial debut, this is my first show ever that I’m serving as director, and it’s an intense show,” said Morris. “I’ve gotten so much support from the community, all these different businesses, parents, and staff as well, so that’s made things very easy for me this time, usually it’s not that easy. But still, it comes with its challenges.”

Before attending, keep in mind parental caution; the play contains sensitive conversations that cover political and personal topics, including the Cambodian Genocide and sexual situations.

The play opens this Friday, Dec. 9, at Encinal’s Cafeteria, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https://gofan.co/app/ events/780999?school Id=CA22911. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for seniors, and $15 for adults.