Dobama's emerging actors program performs 'Lord of the Flies'

DEAP—Dobama Theatre’s Emerging Actors Program—is coming to a theatre near you (on Lee Road) this month. Now in its fifth season, DEAP is a summer acting program for high school students and college undergraduates. It features technique-based courses that culminate in a production. This summer, students are working on “Lord of the Flies,” a stage adaptation of the popular William Golding novel, in which a plane crash leaves a group of schoolboys stranded on a desert island.

By day the boys inhabit a place of exotic birds and deep blue seas, but at night a terrifying beast inhabits their dreams. Before long, this formerly well-behaved group turns bloodthirsty and murderous.

Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams, DEAP’s production of “Lord of the Flies” is directed by Leighann Delorenzo. She has served as acting faculty for DEAP for the past four seasons, and most recently appeared as Helena in Dobama’s mainstage production of “KIN.” Delorenzo currently teaches and directs the theater program at Laurel School in Shaker Heights.

This year’s DEAP ensemble includes Jack Bistritz, Anthony Brown, Ashley Davis, Tapraisha Greene, Moriah Hall, Lauryn Hobbs, Grace Neiswander, Melannie Rivera, Diamond Taylor, Katie Wilkinson, and Cameron Zupon.

“Lord of the Flies” will be performed on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 students. To order tickets for “Lord of the Flies,” call the Dobama box office at 216-932-3396, or order online at

Jewel Moulthrop

Jewel Moulthrop is a Cleveland Heights resident and member of the Heights Observer's Editorial Advisory Committee.

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