Mundelein Theatre will have two public performances of their Group Interpretation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower prior to their IHSA sectional competition at Lake Park High School on Saturday, March 17. Performances at MHS will take place Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Mark Landuyt directs.
Group lnterp is a 30 minute, student-led performance of any literary work. The focal point of the performance is "out" to the audience with limited on-stage focus. The performance is minimal in nature, meaning that performers wear a uniform dress (not costumes) and build a minimalistic set. Sound effects are permitted but no lighting, specific costuming, properties or theater makeup can be used. It is an IHSA sanctioned event where schools compete against other schools with a chance to earn the opportunity to compete at a State Final tournament.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows observant Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood, first dates, family drama, and new friends. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringe consume Charlie as well as the people around him. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and at times overwhelming aspects of growing up.
Schools that advance to the state competition will perform March 23-24 at the Peoria Civic Center.