Junior Spectacular Preview: Trapped


Trapped, an act written by Lauren Schmahl, Mona Banner, and Josh Gerstein, is one of the four acts that will be performed this weekend in the annual Junior Spectacular.

The act is about a group of kids from Carmel, Cathedral, North Central, Lawrence North, Lawrence Central, Pike and Chatard who are on winter break in Colorado. While they are all in the ski lodge they all of a sudden get locked in because of a blizzard. The students are then informed that there is a Yeti roaming around in the area and then the kids start to disappear. They all must set aside their differences to stay alive and save those who have have been taken.

“At first Josh wanted to name it snowed in but we didnt feel like that was a good fit and we wanted a shorter name, so we named it Trapped since the students are “trapped” in the ski lodge,” Banner said.

With the first performance approaching the writers Schmahl, Banner and Gerstein are hopeful and excited for the next two nights. After many months of creating the act, putting together a cast and practicing every week the day is finally here.

“I think we will do well. All of the actors know their lines and cues so I’m not worried about stuff like that,” Schmahl said.

“Our writing process started slow with just my co writers and by the end of spec we were taking ideas from everyone to benefit the spec,” Gerstein said.

Previous acts have brought up many controversial issues. However, this year the acts are on less of a serious note and more like an adventure.

“Compared to other acts in the past and ones this year, I think our spec splits from the tradition quest storyline and provides a funny take on something that could be scary,” Gerstein said.

When writing an act that contains 40 other people and only three writers comes with a lot of pressure. When it comes to the practices and everything perfect down to the last minute comes with many obstacles, especially with people showing up to the practices.

“An advantage that we have is that we have many people in theater and choir in our spec allowing us to have an insight on how to perform. A disadvantage is that a lot of those same members have had to miss practices due to conflicting events,” Gerstein said.

Despite the hardships that come down the road when producing an act, the memories and relationships that were created during the process will last a lifetime.

“The process has been exciting because we’ve seen the show take turns that we were not expecting. I think the script has changed for the better along the way! I’m happy with it because the cast seems to have fun with it so that’s all that matters to me!” Schmahl said.