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By Debbie Israel



October 20, 2017

Debbie Israel

(L to R) Riley Merritt as Percy, Fayelicia Urias as Grace, Skylar Israel as John and Rebecca Lund (in hospital bed) as Grace with Locked In Syndrome

The Aztec High School Playmakers had their first performances of the year on Oct. 12, 13 and 14. Their production, Locked In, is based on a condition called "Locked In Syndrome (LIS)" in which a patient is aware but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles, according to the show program.

The small cast did a great job of pulling the audience into the social dilemma of disconnecting life support. Grace, who is the hospital patient with the syndrome, was portrayed by Fayelicia Urias and Rebecca Lund. Austin Bowman was the slightly over-worked and very abrasive doctor, who informs the family that there have been no changes in Grace and that they should make a decision about life support. Percy, Grace's husband is played by Riley Merritt; and John, her father, is played by Skylar Israel. Other actors in the production were Tristan Schmidt, a softhearted nurse; Cintina Urias and Garrett Dickens as Jane and Doug, who learned to dance with the younger versions of Grace and Percy.

Other members of the Playmakers include Gabby Hannah (lighting), Janae Lillywhite (sound), Kaylee Cunningham and Renee Ponder (costumes), Reyanne Pena (makeup) and Abby Hawkins (poster), Riley Mayo (props), Claire Medina, Kerinza Matayo, Colton Shannon, Nicole Soto and Jasmine Greyeyes (all set crew).

The group will take their production to state competition in Albuquerque October 25-28.

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