The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 23, 2013

Gaslight Theatre production slated two weekends in March

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — What is a parent to do with a child who doesn’t sit still, daydreams, curses, disrupts school and does not listen?

That question sets off a voyage of discovery in the play “Distracted,” to be presented at the Gaslight Theatre the first two weekends of March.

Christopher Sneed, director of “Distracted,” said many parents will relate to the show in the same way Sneed does.

“I have nephews who had behavior issues and everything about this show appealed to me,” Sneed said.

Sneed, who until recently worked in the foster- care field, said he’s worked with children all his life, in addition to having young relatives he can relate to the story of “Distracted.”

In the play, the boy’s parents set out to find if there is a medical explanation for their son’s behavior, especially his anger and use of strong language.

“We immediately see their frustration with his behavior,” Sneed said.

The parents meet with teachers, homeopaths and physicians in their quest to get to the bottom of their son’s behavior, and try to do this while living their own lives.

“At the end of the story, they sort of find the answer they’re looking for,” Sneed said. “Mama has this revelation.”

Mama is portrayed by Courtney Skaggs. Dad is played by Riley Dennis. Jesse, the son, is played by Wyatt Wilson. Monte Hunter plays Dr. Jinks, Dr. Broder and Dr. Karnes. Terri Galer plays Mrs. Holly, the teacher, and Dr. Waller. Tim Johnson plays Dr. Zavala. Justin Werner plays Shaw, the neighbor. Tracy Huston plays Vera, the neighbor. Suzanna Davidson plays Natalie, the babysitter.

“This is a serious comedy, with plenty of laughs,” Sneed said. “One special performance has even been approved to be used as foster training here in Garfield County.”

Sneed advised the show does contain strong language.

“We took out some, but I wanted people to know the reasons they were concerned about his behavior,” Sneed said.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. March 1, 2, 8, and 9. For more information or to order tickets, call Gaslight at (580) 234-2307 between 2 and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.gaslighttheatre.org. Prices are $14 for adults and $10 for students.