TEACHING MRS. TINGLE
Serving as foil to Mrs. Tingle is Leigh Ann
Watson, Grandsboro's best, brightest and, thanks to Mrs. Tingle,
most oppressed young student. Leigh Ann would like to believe
that a good heart, a straight A average and an advanced understanding
of American history are enough to win over Mrs. Tingle - but that
just isn't the case. To make matters worse, Leigh Ann's very future
now depends on Mrs. Tingle's mercy, a word the teacher doesn't
seem to understand.
Explains Kevin Williamson: "Leigh Ann is a lot like I was
growing up: she has no money, she has no way to get herself out
of this town, to get herself to college and realize her dreams
of being a writer. Her only shot is a scholarship. So when she
finds out one week before graduation that she's number two in
her class and there's only one person standing in her way of being
number one - Mrs. Tingle - that starts up a chain of events that
veer out of control."
To play the level-headed brain who is forced into an impossible
situation in her quest for college, Williamson always had in mind
the radiant Katie Holmes who stars as the girl-next-door Joey
on "Dawson's Creek."
"To meet Katie is to instantly fall under her spell,"
comments Williamson. "She is that rare jewel, the real deal.
In a few words: hypnotic, smart, funny, sweet, shy, boisterous,
sneaky, talented. All qualities necessary for a young woman who
goes from class brain to master of her own fate over the course
of a few hours."
"I loved the script," summarizes Katie Holmes. "I
couldn't put it down. It's just so clever in depicting how many
ways someone can try to destroy the human spirit - and how some
people fight back. Kevin really remembers how it was to be in
high school, to have a teacher like Mrs. Tingle. It's easy to
relate to - although it is heightened to the point of being comedy
- and that makes it a lot of fun."
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