Play Discusses Effects Of Bullying




Casper, Wyoming - A local theater group has come together to put on a show to bring the effects of bullying onto center stage. Audiences were moved to tears on occasions as the scenes seemed all too real. The play called "The Effects Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds", is a social commentary that goes deeper than just bullying.


After 8 shows, Stage Three has wrapped up production of The Effects Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds. The show may be done, but it's impact is still being felt.


“I think the message, is one of those reasons. for people to be able to say 'this Beatrice character, she's just awful. And for Tillie to still come out of it with a smile on her face and to still be hopeful for what her future holds' I think is one of the things that the audiences can really relate to,” said Tricia Lovelace who plays Beatrice.


The performance touches on the effects of bullying and abusive households on children's growth.


“It's really interesting to be inside of that, this being a chamber piece because with abusive homes, it kinda just goes under the radar and no one really knows about it,” said Julia Conte who plays Ruth. “Its really interesting to get that look inside the house.”


Throughout the play audiences are shown the inside of a home with a toxic atmosphere and how the family inside interacts.


“I've always had the same opinion towards bullying, and how it’s completely rude and wrong, but it does make me think a little bit of how it’s like to be the person that's being bullied,” said Tillie actress Samantha Saunders.


The director of the play cites the bullying statistics in Wyoming as one of the reasons he chose this play.


“I thought it was a perfect fit. One to Stage Three, and then two to Wyoming because Wyoming is number one in bullying in the U.S. and number 2 in suicide. So I thought this was a perfect, it just meshed hand in hand with exactly the vision I wanted to go,” said Adrian Guillen. “To be able to show that things are going to be okay, no matter the outcome and no matter the situation that life hands you, things will always be able to blossom from it.”