As the Holliston High School (HHS) drama department prepares for their spring performance, Splendor in the Grass, junior Emily Kokidko prepares to take the stage for the first time after landing the leading role.
“I’ve always had an interest in acting and I decided to go out on a whim and try out,” Kokidko said when asked what inspired her to try out.
The junior has never auditioned for any of the previous HHS productions. She went on to say that being in the play “is really fun! I like becoming a different person and getting into the role. Everyone in the play is really nice and welcoming, too.”
Splendor in the Grass is a 1961 romantic drama that tells an emotional story of sexual repression, love, and heartbreak. Its two protagonists, Deanie, played by Kokidko and Bud, played by HHS Senior Patrick Murphy, are two love struck teenagers that get pulled apart by a series of events driven by parental aspirations and traumatic incidents. Years later, they are reunited, but realize things, both between them and around them, have changed over time.
The opening night for the production is Thursday, May 2nd at 7:30 pm, followed by showings May 3rd. at 3pm as well as 7:30 pm, and May 4th at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased both online through the school website as well as traditionally at the door.
Kokidko said, “The audience should expect to be entertained.”