Embracing the beauty of non-comformity: They Eat Sunshine, Not Zebras

They Eat Sunshine Not Zebras
Written by Lindsay Price

What happens when the orderly way of life gets turned upside down? Find out in the perfect comedy for high school and middle school students, They Eat Sunshine, Not Zebras by Dara Murphy.

The field believes in uniformity. Lovely rows of blades all the same height. Lovely rows of blades exhibiting standard behaviour of green grassness.

Nothing stands in the way of their orderly life. Until they wake up one morning to see a yellow dandelion in their midst. Sunny (that’s the dandelion) is bright and warm and just wants to be friends. The field wants nothing to do with her nonstandard, non-green ways.

A dandelion will turn their orderly way of life upside-down. A dandelion must be destroyed. Isn’t that what you do when something is different?

Under the direction of Tammy Roth, the talented student actors at Morris Area High School in Morris, MN were able to immerse themselves in the story line and deliver a powerful message to cast members and audience alike:

They Eat Sunshine, Not Zebras is a wonderful play to do with beginning actors! The story sends a message that is applicable to all from elementary age to adults.

After casting the students were pleasantly surprised to know that they wouldn’t be dressed as a flat cutout blade of grass but as characters wearing green steampunk punk fashion. Sending a subtle message that even grass with a creative alternative lifestyle has conformity. There are many genres a director could choose from to convey this message.

Amazing job, Morris Area High School!

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About the author

Lindsay Price