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“The Boys Next Door” Makes the Audience Roar


“I started working as a special ed teacher aid in college. I’ve worked with special needs people for a long time and have seen the hardship they face. I saw this play at an international thespian festival and it had a huge impact on me,” Mr. Losenicky, Greenway’s acclaimed theatre teacher, said.

The fall play this year, The Boys Next Door, is an exciting comedy that follows the lives of adult males with special needs who share a home together. It is filled with important lessons and, of course, great humor.

“Students should come to see the play because [they will be] supporting Greenway. We have more than just sporting events, which many students don’t realize. Our theatre program is also top-notch,” Mr. Losenicky said.

“No one knows exactly what will happen to them; they may have a family member or a child who is special needs someday, and even if they don’t, they will have a much better understanding of people who are disabled. However, the play is also fun to watch because of the humor in it,” Mr. Losenicky said.

“This play is a professional play, it’s not for a high school production; this really pushed the actors and technicians to new heights,” Mr. Losenicky said.

“Some of the difficulties with this play were making sure the students act in a reverent manner about special needs as opposed to creating characters. They need real personalities and backgrounds; they need to be full of life and be rich. The set was also much larger and the tech set and light crew had to work much harder to make such a complex set,” Mr. Losenicky said.

Sophomore Sebian Carver (above left) who acts as Norman in the play said, “I wanted to be in the play because I love acting and try to find every opportunity to act. It’s also a really good show that has a good purpose to get across. It’s a good show with an important purpose that gets people to understand some of the challenges people deal with.”

Senior Emma Temple (above) said, “I love theatre. I have since I was 7. There hasn’t been a high school play I’ve missed. I thought this would be a good way to meet people at a new school. People should come to see it because its a really good play and the actors and crew have put so much work into the play so that it shows the point of view of special needs people and what we could do not just for children, but for adults, too.”

The play will show on September 28-30th; the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday will have a matinee showing, with the doors opening at 1:30 p.m. and the show starting at 2:00 p.m.