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A Leader for More
an a Century
- Since 1881 to be exact.
7-31-16.
The Me They All See
by Cody Swanson
I
t is not often to that one finds
a person who is proficient
in the art of acting, singing
and dancing. It's even more
rare to find someone who can
seamlessly switch between the
roles of director, writer and actor.
Sometimes the dialogue is a
little bland or dorky, or the acting falls to "more
important" aspects, or the direction is not apparent.
This is not the case in The Me
They All See, a senior project
created by Jasmine Howard, a
recent Beachwood High School
graduate. For her senior project,
Howard combined her love for
the arts by writing, directing and
acting The Me They All See, a play
about a young woman (Ella) who
pays the ultimate price due to
greed, jealousy, and a first (and
final) dose of heroine.
Howard wasted no time in tell-
ing this story as she saw fit. She
found a voice as a playwright:
quirky, edgy and filled with
references to Harry Potter. She
also enjoyed the non-linear sto-
rytelling, jumping back and forth
between the good and bad, past
and present, and between views
from different characters of the
events as they unfolded. No
stones were left unturned, but
you had a "what's next?" feeling
throughout her performance.
What I enjoyed most about
Jasmine's work is her character's
movement which was snake-like
creepy and sinister. She illustrated
so much just through movement.
She also did a wonderful job of
balancing this character's vulnera-
bility, rage and relatable character-
istics to an audience.
As a director, Howard did her
research, and everything fell into
place. Being with her through
the process, she knows how to
talk to actors and to have their
creativity shine because she is
also an actress. Her complex,
interesting characters let us to
gaze into their souls.
Shakespeare wrote for all kinds
of people: from groundlings, all
the way up to aristocracy (quite
literally). Howard has done this in
her play, one in which people of all
ages can relate. As a result, she cre-
ated a beautiful, theatrical piece.
Howard recently graduated
from the Chagrin Falls Excel Tech
Program of the Performing Arts.
On Friday, May 20, she received
the highest award from the pro-
gram, the Renaissance Award,
which is only presented to one
student in the graduating class
who demonstrates the ability to
work in stage, lighting, directing,
acting and various areas of the
theatrical field. Howard will con-
tinue her education at The New
School in New York, specializing
in the performing arts.
On Friday, May 20, she
received the highest
award from the program,
the Renaissance Award,
which is only presented
to one student in the
graduating class who
demonstrates the ability
to work in stage, lighting,
directing, acting and
various areas of the
theatrical field.