Stage West Preview: ‘The Birds That Stay’


Olyvia Johnson, Staff Reporter

“In a world seemingly out of control, five youngsters struggle desperately with personal demons that will not let them enjoy a typical summer vacation. It is the summer of 1969, a time for growing up. The Vietnam War is raging, three men walk the face of the moon, Charles Manson goes on a killing spree, and behind the Chestnut Hollow Cemetery, five young friends embark on the backyard adventure of a lifetime.”

This is the setting of The Birds That Stay, Stage West Drama Club’s thrilling fall production, coming to the Downingtown West Auditorium on November 3 and 4. The show starts at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are $5 at the door.

The coming-of-age play is a good example of how teens can struggle with mental health, especially during difficult times. The show keeps you on your toes with tragic deaths and family tensions while using comedic relief to contrast the dramatic tone.

“This show is about overcoming, and not being afraid to ask for help,” stage director Anica Guo (’24) said.

The show includes 35 cast and crew members.

Check out the trailer for The Birds That Stay here.