NEW YORK (PIX11) — It’s the world of high school cheerleading like you’ve never seen before.
“Wildcats: The Series” follows members of the cheerleading team through the trials, tribulations and laughs of high school as they learn about themselves and finding their voices.
Written and directed by Rachel Puchkoff, “Wildcats” tells a story similar to Puchkoff’s high school experience.
The main character Allison Behave, played by Linnea Sage, tells the story of a teen exploring her sexuality while finding her voice and standing up for her beliefs. When creating Allison, Puchkoff said it was important to show the various layers of the character, describing Allison as someone who “was ultimately very conflicted yet overly confident in one.”
Sage and Puchkoff met through a friend who suggested Sage audition for the role. Immediately Sage said she love Puchkoff’s writing and her method of storytelling.
“After I started learning about Allison and about how Rachel’s entire story was true and absurd this whole situation was, her character became so clear to me.” said Sage. “I knew I had to play her and that I already was her.”
With 102 backers and over $5,800 raised through a Kickstarter campaign, the project was underway.
“The concept of the series was so important and so relatable,” said Sage. “We all knew we were a part of something that was worth committing to.”
The five-episode series takes on so many of the struggles teenagers face while going through the motions of high school and coming of age. The experiences of the cheerleaders has resonated with several former cheerleaders, who have reached out to Puchkoff.
“I have received a number of positive responses from other former cheerleaders relaying how they too had to do certain traditions they thought were sexist or at least realized they were silly in retrospect,” said Puchkoff.
In the grand scheme of feminism and fart jokes, Puchkoff and Sage realize what they’ve created is much larger, and hope the message will resonate with viewers.
“I think every person can relate to Allison in some way,” said Sage. “There are times when you just want to fit in, no matter what your opinions of the situation actually are.”
Sage says she hopes the series will inspire fellow actresses to be themselves and not hold back from being strong, funny and unforgiving. But mostly, women should not be afraid to fart.