Dimond Drama Performs “The White Rose”

“The White Rose” was an inspiring production put on by the Dimond Theater. It was performed three nights, Jan. 28-30. Director Justin Oller and Producer Wilma Keller put on the play beautifully. Props also to the stage manager Jessica LaRosa. Everything looked so fantastic. Before the play started, one of Hitler’s speeches was playing over the speakers. It was interesting to hear his voice, and it definitely set the scene up for an intense drama. Dean Ball, the head of Dimond’s World Language Department, spoke a monologue first in German, then in English before the lights went up. Lights shone on Schmit the janitor, who was played by freshman Taylor Ramsdell. Kaycie Thomson was the only female in the play. She played Sophie Scholl with elegance and passion. It was interesting that chief investigator Robert Mohr, who was played by Tim Peters, only thought of helping Sophie Scholl and did not think anything of the others. He had a daughter who was her age. At the end, all he could say to try and convince her was, how would your parents feel? But he could only save her and not the others. She was going to have to lie to be saved, so she refused. Ross McCorie played Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl’s older brother. Hans was the main activist within the play. McCorie really captured the audience with the essence of this character. Tyler Mallory played Alexander Schmorell, who was close friends with Sophie Scholl. Mallory did a terrific job portraying his character. Nickalaus Collins played Wilhelm Graf, who was the Catholic of the group. I thought he was perfect for the part. Cody Kirk played wonderfully the part of Christoph Probst another one of the Scholl’s friends. Griffen Imig played the Nazi character Anton Mahler. Every time he left the room he stomped his foot and through up his hand in that Nazi way and he was wonderful at that. The story took place in 1942 in Munich, Germany. The play poked at some specific things that everyone in every country has to deal with, showing us that it is possible to do right even in the face of death. It let us peak into the lives of five students who grew bolder when the danger grew severe. These five youths stood up for the truth, even though it seemed as if everyone else was afraid of the truth. They fought for their country, or their country as it should have been. This story could be ours, the youth of the world. This is our time. This is the time to find out who we are. This is the time to fight for what we believe in, to even find out what we believe in. Other than the five youths trying to protect the truth, there was an inside man who worked for the chief investigator at the Munich department. No one knew about him until near the end when Kagan Weatherly playing Bauer came out and set fire to the list of suspects, creating the “whoa” ending everyone loves. The heroes were killed still speaking what they believed. The few who stood up for what was right even in the face of death will be always remembered.