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Austin, an autistic teenager (William Shipley), struggles to connect with his classmate Lily (Bonnie McClellan) while Ben Koses, one of the personified voices in Austin’s head, looks on in “The Other Room,” by Ariadne Blayde at West Springfield High School.

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West Springfield Wins State Championship for Drama

West Springfield High School won the state championship for drama last month at the Virginia High School League One-Act Competition Finals in Charlottesville. This is the first state drama title for West Springfield in 15 years. The theatre department presented “The Other Room,” by Ariadne Blayde, which tells the story of Austin, a high-functioning autistic teenager who tries to connect with a female classmate while battling the voices in his head.


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