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Remembering 9/11, together — Central Kitsap High School to host 9/11 memorial event for community
Marilyn Prosser was 7 years old on Sept. 11, 2001. She admits that back then she didn’t really understand what it all meant.
Now the Central Kitsap High School senior will perform in a dramatic presentation based on the aftermath of that day.
“Everything I knew about it was from TV. I never got to hear about what people felt,” said Prosser, 17.
Prosser will be part of a two-person dramatic presentation of “The Guys,” a play written by Anne Nelson on her story as an editor helping a New York City fire captain begin to write the eulogies for his fallen men.
The play is part of Central Kitsap High School’s community event for the 9/11 10-year memorial scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the school’s Southworth Theater. The performance is free and open to the public.
Along with the play, there will be student art installations as well as student and staff memories of the tragedy on display.
Zoe James, a theater arts and English teacher at the high school, began planning for the community event with other teachers at the beginning of the year. She wanted it to be something where everyone can come together to remember, heal and honor those that died and survived the event.
“Everyone from that day had so many different experiences,” said James. “Being the 10-year point, it’s time to go back and reflect and share those common feelings.”
Prosser said she hopes the play can gift comfort to families and insight to others like her who were young and may not have a clear memory of the Sept. 11 attacks. “The Guys” was first performed at the Flea Theater in New York City on Dec. 4, 2001 with the role of editor performed by Sigourney Weaver and the captain by Billy Murray.
“Through the arts, people can come together and experience and heal,” James said.
More than 100 written stories from students and staff were gathered at the end of last school year that will go on display around the school building. Judy Sorrels, an art teacher at the school, is working with students on sculptures that will be on display that will play into students’ memories and feelings as well.
“Everybody knows what they were doing that day. It’s a piece of history that connects us all,” James said.
Kerricho Corry, a senior at the high school, who will play the role of the captain in the play echoed James’ sentiment.
“It affected everyone,” he said. “We can’t forget about it. This will remind us what happened that day.”
Remember: The 9/11 10 Year Memorial begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at Central Kitsap High School’s Southworth Theater, 3700 Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale.