Cape Breton University’s Boardmore Theatre will grapple with the impact of social media on today’s youth in its upcoming production of Evan Placey’s play, Girls Like That. Under the direction of Mike McPhee, the play will be on stage November 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. and November 26 at 2 p.m. at the Boardmore Playhouse. The play will also be presented to middle and high school students in the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board when they visit the playhouse from November 20 to 23.
For the Boardmore Theatre’s Artistic Director, Todd Hiscock, this is exactly the kind of play the Boardmore Theatre is good at producing. “We have a large student population participating in the play for which they are a perfect fit,” says Hiscock. “The cast of 16 female youth can easily identify with the play’s content. Each of them brings their own personal perspective to their roles.”
The play follows Scarlett, a teenage student, as her naked photograph goes viral. Rumours spread across smartphones like wildfire and her reputation becomes toxic, threatening to shatter the fragile unity of the girls she grew up with.
Mike McPhee, the play’s director and a high school drama teacher, is well aware of the effects of social media on our youth. “Most adults cannot begin to understand the impact that technology and social media is having on our youth,” says McPhee. “The play tries to present these complexities in a compelling and sometimes brutally honest way. It attempts to make sense of how our humanity and our sense of community is being shaped by the rapidly changing world around us.”
For ticket information, the Boardmore Playhouse box office can be reached at 902-563-1652 and is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and one hour before show time.