Theatre Lawrence’s youth production of ‘Ranked’ looks at intense pressure put on high school students to achieve

photo by: Courtesy of Theatre Lawrence

Cast members of Theatre Lawrence's production of "Ranked" rehearse ahead of the musical's opening in mid-October.

Theatre Lawrence will showcase its first youth production of the season, the musical “Ranked,” next month.

“Ranked” was written by David Taylor Gomes and Kyle Holmes, who said their intent was to examine “a system that puts an insurmountable amount of pressure on our teenagers to be successful.” The musical, developed as the college admissions scandal was coming to light, tells the story of “a dystopian world where competition reaches new heights as publicized academic excellence defines each student’s worth,” according to a news release from Theatre Lawrence.

The show will run for just one weekend, Oct. 13-14. Tickets are available from the Theatre Lawrence box office, weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 785-843-7469, or going online at

The show is directed by Emily Giles, Theatre Lawrence’s education director.


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