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Directed by Canby High School seniors, these shorts will now drop on YouTube Feb. 26-27

Canby High School seniors in the drama department are putting on their directors' hats for a set of one-act plays to debut online. But due to the recent snow and ice storm, the debut date has been pushed out.

The students, under Adviser Craig Holbrook, were unable to film the plays last weekend because of the historic storm that hit the area. The six plays will now drop on the Canby Drama632 YouTube channel at 7 p.m. Feb. 26-27.

One of the plays is an original called "Alien Invasion," directed by Eryn Thorsrud. It is a comedy about three aliens living together on earth who don't know the others are aliens.

Another is called "Artificial Empathy" and is directed by Meridian Lattig. The play was written by West Salem High School students Charlotte Torgerson and Hunter Miller. It follows a scientist who created a therapy robot but faces a dilemma when she discovers the robot is sentient.

Itavi Stearns is directing "¿Que tú qúe?" in both Spanish and English. It's a universal story about love and rejection.

Cousteau Lattig is emerging from her usual position as stage manager and is directing "Portland Blood Slam," a monologue about a young woman's strange encounter with a fanged woman, which was originally a slam poetry reading.

Next up is "He Said She Said," directed by Elizabeth Hanthorn. This play will take audiences back to the 1920s for a play about a piece of gossip that threatens to ruin an otherwise delightful evening.

Fast forward to the future for "Sindication," directed by Kat Garrett and Shelby Winkel. This play is about a multi-generational American family discussing the current events as they are broadcast on the news.

Catch these comedies and thinkers online and seize the chance to support Canby High's drama students.

"The arts are so universal and such a vital part of communicating," Stearns said, "and I think through building the arts programs, we can be able to build bridges within our different communities and cultures in Canby."

Kristen Wohlers
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