Lake Central Theater Company Prepares for Disaster

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Kim Ordonez (12) helps Katie Badger (11) with her fake injury. Ordonez offered her house to be used for preparations for the drill.

Cathryn Cearing and Cat Cearing

Equipped with containers of latex, make-up sponges and bottles of fake blood, members of Lake Central Theater Company readied themselves to take part in a disaster simulation on Oct. 26.

“I think it’s great that they have [the drills]. It not only gives the hospital staff experience, but it also gives insight to the actors and techies of what hospital workers go through on an everyday basis,” Derek Brownewell (11) said.

The drill is used to help hospitals in the area prepare for emergencies and injuries that could happen in real life. It is also a good opportunity for the theater students to practice their craft.

“[This drill] was definitely less severe [than ones in the past], because the other ones had car wrecks and dirty bombs. The injuries were a lot less drastic,” Katie Badger (11) said.

Each drill is set up with a particular plot in mind. For this one, the premise was a riot following the termination of a high school football coach. Injuries included broken legs, black eyes, and various cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

“I think that it went very well. Everything at the hospital was pretty organized from what I could tell. All of the ‘patients’ were given the appropriate care for their ‘injuries’,” Brownewell said.