ANDERSON, Ind. —
Smith’s favorite Poe works include a short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” where a body is hidden under floorboards, and a poem, “The City in Sea” where Death controls a city.
“Both of those stories are kind of whimsical in a weird way,” she said.
Last year, Asaykwee visited Highland to work with drama students.
“He was interesting and he gave you different points of view,” said Smith.
With Asaykwee’s help, she fine-tuned a one-act play, “British Newly,” about the “dramas” of teenage girls when they get together. As an eighth-grader this year, she’ll be in the group heading to Indy.
Seventh-grader Jordan Boylen also appreciates Sipes’ dramatic presentations.
“You feel it more than when you read it alone because she has emphasis on certain words.”
Boylen’s favorite Poe tales are “The Pit and the Pendulum” and the ominous “The Raven” in which Poe laments losing his love, Lenore.
“I believe the raven symbolizes his grief and depression because he talks about how the raven never leaves him,” Boylen said.
She’s looking forward to the school-approved spooky show on Halloween.
“I think it will be a little creepier because Halloween has this scary aura around it,” she said.