A couple dozen high school students rolled their shoulders in circles Tuesday night on an auditorium stage, preparing to rehearse a play that had recently grown personal. “Breathe in your character,” director Nina Saunders instructed. “Breathe out yourself.”
And so they transformed from Baytown-area teenagers, living near refineries, into fictional inhabitants of a 1950s town struggling with another environmental dilemma: The waters of the local springs were toxic, but local leaders planned to use them to attract visitors — a boost to their economy.
The one-act play, titled “An Enemy of the People,” adapted by Arthur Miller and shortened, was cast in December at Goose Creek Memorial High School. Students rehearsed several days a week, thinking about themes like perspective, pollution and honesty.
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