It's Better Over Here is a story about a 17-year old girl named Shannon (played by Kay Bowman) who has moved to a new town with her mother. The high school she attends is made up of mostly rich kids and Shannon really wants to be accepted. She even sacrifices her relationship with her friend, Katie. Shannon is accepted by the popular rich kids, becomes friends with a cheerleader named Amanda and starts dating the quarterback of the football team, Steve. But after obtaining her status of popularity, Shannon realizes it is not how she thought it would be. It's Better Over Here aired on Roseville Channel 18, and is adapted from Terri Dawn Arnold's book, Growing Pains - 10 short stories about growing up.
For this shoot our cast had eight actors and 15 extras. Instead of shooting at a school, producer Terri Dawn Arnold contacted a youth pastor who said we could tape the show at his church. The church was big with hallways, classrooms, and a gym just like a school. In addition, some individuals in the high school youth group were excited to work as extras. Two of them were cast in roles. The church also had a cafe, so it took the place of the library, which made for a more lively scene.
Written, Produced, and Directed
Terri Dawn Arnold
Kay Bowman as Shannon
Geoff Kragen as Principal Edwards
Janette Kragen as Mrs. Tesson
Sunshine Moore as Amanda Johnson
Casey Randall as Steve Belmont
Ruth Sheffler as Katie
Nicholas Smith as Stuart
Nancy Storz as Shannon's mother