Student-written play to be staged at Utica High School

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 27, 2015

 Feeman, right, directs student actors while stage manager and Utica senior Kay Kaczmarczyk stands next to him.

Feeman, right, directs student actors while stage manager and Utica senior Kay Kaczmarczyk stands next to him.

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UTICA — A teen playwright will see a play of his staged for the first time at Utica High School this month.

Utica senior Jacob Feeman will present his play, “Lovely Lovely Valentine,” from April 23-25 at his school.

The play is described as being about young people, and its poster’s tagline says, “Life doesn’t have endings … only moments.”

Feeman, 17, described “Lovely Lovely Valentine” as a “serious drama that deals with serious issues” and one that combines subtle acting with heavy material.

He said the three-act play involves around 15 actors, but the driving force of the show is the relationship between the lead characters, Jordan DeWitt and Mona Valentine. DeWitt is a young man with a broken past who tries to change his life by taking up acting and joining a community theater, where he meets Valentine.

Feeman said watching his script come to life has been a surreal experience.

“It’s an overwhelming thing, but it’s also a very humbling thing,” he said. “I just hope people get something from it — not even just the students, but the adults, as well.”

Drama teacher Joel Kaczmarczyk said Feeman has a reputation of being a writer who excels. Feeman recently submitted a one-act play to a thespian festival and received a superior rating, Kaczmarczyk said.

Toward the end of 2014, Feeman asked Kaczmarczyk to read the script to “Lovely Lovely Valentine.” The teacher was impressed and asked Feeman if the play could be staged at the school.

Kaczmarczyk said the three-act play runs about two hours long. He described the content as well-written with meaty acting roles. Putting on such an original production is a way to make history at Utica High School, he said.

“It’s not like we’re producing the same show everyone else has done,” he said.

Kaczmarczyk said that while the play doesn’t contain profanity or sexual content, it does deal with mature themes. The actors plan to present an April 22 matinee show to psychology, sociology and Advanced Placement English students as a way for them to think and learn about certain conditions found in the play, such as depression, addiction, social anxiety and trust issues, Kaczmarczyk said.

The Utica High School Theatre Department will present “Lovely Lovely Valentine” at 7 p.m. from April 23-25 at Utica High School, 47255 Shelby Road in Utica.

Tickets will be for sale starting April 6, and they can be bought by visiting www.showtix4u.com or at the door while still available. The cost of admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for kids ages 12 and younger.

Learn more about the play by calling (586) 797-2267.

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