Voices From the High School
Voices From the High School is a play that exposes the attitudes, feelings, and issues that high schoolers face. The play is told in short skits with one-shot characters, interspersed with short anecdotes given by nameless characters. Each skit deals with a specific issue, from being the new kid to working to teen pregnancy.
- Abusive Parents: Larry's dad. He eventually talks to a friend about it.
- Another example is Millie's mother, who gave her alcohol as a young child to "help with naps."
- Adorkable: Kim.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Sheila and Steven
- All Men Are Perverts: Most of the male characters are.
- Badass Biker: Hank wants to be one.
- Big Eater: Freddy "couldn't live without ice cream."
- Buxom Is Better:
Charlie: "What do you think of Annie Harrigan?"
- Calling the Old Man Out: Larry talks about doing this to his abusive father.
Larry: "Someday when he hits me. He's going to get a big surprise. You know. Cause I'm going to grow up and he's not. I mean I'm going to grow stronger and he's going to get weaker. That's just nature, you know. So he's bigger than me now but he won't always be. You know what I mean, Bobby? Know what I mean?"
- Camp Straight: Hector
- Chastity Couple: Kim and Miko
- Conversational Troping: the anecdotes.
- Double Entendre: Doug, as well as others.
- Driven to Suicide: Jimmy. The reason is never given, but he gets better.
- Flipping the Bird
- Framing Device: The skits are all separated by short anecdotes by "Group Member."
- Headphones Equal Isolation: played for laughs. Two characters listening to music are having a conversation, but can't tell what each other is saying.
- High School Sweethearts: Kim and Miko
- If I Can't Have You: Andrea and Chris
- Loads and Loads of Roles
- Ordinary High School Student: Almost everybody.
- Mall Santa
- Men Are Uncultured: Discussed.
- Motor Mouth: "Ever try to follow a girl's conversation? If she's excited it's like chasing a paper in a windstorm; just when you think you got the point she's sixteen feet over your head and whirling in a spiral."
- The Power of Trust: Maria and Rosa.
- Sadist Teacher: Also discussed.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Jerry decides to imitate Shakespeare.
- Shout-Out: One character says, "I had a girlfriend that told me she thought all teachers should be like that character Kotter on TV."
- The Stoner: Doug
- Stylistic Suck: Ellen's singing.
- Take That: Harry really dislikes Othello.
- Tastes Like Friendship: When Stephen and Sheila meet, he eventually persuades her to get ice cream with him.
- Teen Pregnancy: Rosa.
- That Cloud Looks Like...: Hank and Charlie.
- The Cheerleader: Deconstructed.
- Totally Radical: Unfortunately the fate of this play as it ages.
- TV Teen: Played with. While a few skits portray the stereotypical teen, others go in depth and show realistic teenagers. The play is also popular with high school drama clubs.
Roger enters with a giant Valentine.
- Valentine's Day: Played for Drama.
- Yandere: Andrea
"Yeah, I know. the jerk's waiting. So go. I haven't got a gun. Yet."