Daniel Rocket tackles isolation and bullying with honesty and compassion

Glencoe High School will present “The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket” this month, a play by Peter Parnell that combines humor with tragedy to take on the subject of bullying. It’s a powerful show, according to director Lori Daliposon, and is recommended for ages 13 and up due to its serious nature.

“Young Daniel experiences the pain of being a middle-schooler who is different from the other kids — strange, isolated, and bullied into wanting an escape,” Daliposon writes in her description of the story. “What the other kids don’t know is that Daniel actually has amazing powers they cannot possibly imagine. The first act of the play takes place in 1965, while the second act catches this cast of characters 20 years later, in 1985, when Daniel returns to what his hometown has made him — famous and also terribly and miserably alone.”

The actors hope the play will raise awareness of the problem of bullying and make people think more about the impact of their words and actions, Dalipson said.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, from April 25 to May 4 at Glencoe High School, 2700 N.W. Glencoe Road in Hillsboro. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. For more information, call Glencoe at 503-844-3900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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