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Chaparral brings dating-violence play to wider audience

PARKER – Nearly 10 years after it was first performed, a troop of actors from Chaparral High School will be taking their play, “The Outrage,” to a wider, community audience.

The educational theatre performance, which is typically performed for high school audiences, discusses the topics of teen dating violence and sexual assault in a candid, yet sensitive manner. The presentation includes statistics, reenactments of teen dating situations, consent, and bystander intervention.

“It is a serious topic,” explained Chaparral High School senior and Encore Player Thomas Kac. “We are sharing statistics about how many people are in sexual relationships, how many get raped. It is pretty hard-hitting stuff.”


VIDEO: Chaparral High School students perform The Outrage.


Kac says he was surprised when he first heard the statistics he now shares with others on the stage.

“I had no idea. I was very shocked,” Kac said. “I think it is important for people to know that violence and abusiveness in relationships most of the time isn’t physical, it is emotional. Most people forget about that. They think, ‘no, my boyfriend doesn’t punch me or beat up on me, I’m not in an abuse relationship,’ but most of the time abusive relationships are emotionally abusive, where maybe your significant other will not let you talk with other people or force you to always be with them and tell you what to wear. That is emotionally abusive.”

Following the performance, the Chaparral Encore Players answer questions from the audience.

“We do some studying, outside of just learning the show,” explained Kac. “We have to know a bit more than we cover in the play.”

In addition to the Outrage, the actors are also involved in various other productions, including the school play, Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” which is playing November 5, 6 and 7.

While it is a lot of work, Kac says he enjoys “The Outrage,” because he knows it can make a difference in the community.

“I hope that someone, at least one person, will watch the show and realize that maybe a friend of theirs or themselves are in a situation like this and then they’ll know what to do or know how to help,” Kac said. “I would be happy even if we performed the show 100 times and only one person was helped. That would be worth it.”

Next year he will be headed of to culinary school, but says amongst all of the work he has done on stage, “The Outrage” will be one of the things he is most proud of.

“I think it is something that I will remember,” Kac said. “It is something that will stay with me.”

Parents and community members can see the Outrage during a special performance on Monday, November 9 at Chaparral High School.  The Encore Players are hoping to perform for the wider community twice more this year, in Castle Rock and Highlands Ranch— so that people in every region of the Douglas County School District have the opportunity to learn about the dangers and how to prevent teen dating violence.

The Outrage
When: November 9, 7-8 p.m.
Where: Chaparral High School, Auditorium
Cost: FREE
Open to the Public
November 4, 2015 | By CSilberman | Category: Chaparral High School, Athletics and Activities, Safety and Security, Schools

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