Laguna Playhouse looks at bullying in ‘The Secret Life of Girls’ – Orange County Register

Being bullied can be devastating. And as the cast of Laguna Playhouse’s Youth Theater production of “The Secret Life of Girls” is learning, it’s a problem that nearly everyone can relate to – even the bullies.

The play delves into the world of teen bullying and explores the impact it leaves on students and their families. The cast’s first table read of the script quickly evolved into an emotional conversation about the topic and a chance for actors to share their experiences dealing with it.

“I think it’s such an important issue to address, especially in today’s world of social media,” said Isabelle Schoenhoefer. “I have a lot of friends who have to deal with this and it’s heartbreaking to see.”

Schoenhoefer portrays Abby, who is looking to gain acceptance as the newest member of the school’s volleyball team. However, the squad’s captain, Stephanie, played by Jayden Goodman, does everything in her power to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“Although my character is the main bully,…

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