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Maximus Werner, left, Charlie Dickman, Noah Johnson and Noah Westhoff get serious as a scene in “The Last Lifeboat” intensifies.

Student actors and actresses at Western Dubuque High School will be taking the stage this weekend for three showings of their production of “The Last Lifeboat.” The crew has been practicing since September and the stage is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday showings.

The play, written by Luke Yankee, delves into the life of J. Bruce Ismay, who was a center of controversy for getting into the last lifeboat when the Titanic sank. Though this script is part historical fiction, the question still remains what people would do if they were in his shoes.

“I chose this play because of its unique storytelling style,” Jennifer Maki, director, said. “The topic of the Titanic is of high interest among students and the community. It allowed many students to showcase their many talents in acting, music and technical theatre. Plus, it’s a newer play that has not been done in this area.”

Some life lessons are hidden in the script as it raises questions about how we judge the actions of others in society and in the media.

The cast numbers 20 students, with 10 more making up the crew.

“Each class of students brings their own enthusiasm which keeps the ship afloat,” Maki said. “Our seniors are very passionate and are providing leadership and inspiration to others. We will miss them dearly after this year.”

Many students will be making their stage debut in this show, but Maki is looking forward to all the elements coming together so they can tell this thought-provoking story.

There will be showings Nov. 22, 23 and 24. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday’s at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. They are available at the door or through the WDHS activities office.