"Wolves," a collaboration between Veterans in Performing Arts and Seacoast Repertory Theatre, is an interesting one-act play, featuring "girls." It's all about high school soccer players going through their paces as sportswomen, and more importantly as teens feeling their way into adulthood, and individual personalities.

Sarah DeLappe's script is an organic flow; a close-up view through the soccer net of the girls babbling on about life, while developing one.

"Wolves" has its touching, humorous, snarky (quite a few of those actually) and other moments that underscore the process of young people finding their way.

The play is set in an indoor soccer facility. It opens mid-conversation with the "pack" going through a stretch and practice routine. Most of the nine girls, known only by their numbers, are longtime school or team mates, with No. 46, the sole newcomer.

This script is not overtly profound, it doesn't feature the traditional arch. Instead, it's a heedless torrent of expression and, subtle trajectory as girls talk over one another, their conversations moving like cross-tides from subject to subject.

There's a discussion on genocide, talk about menstruation, abortions, and choices and consequences around sexuality. They take jabs at one another – intense and casual, sometimes both. Boys are mentioned, but not a focus. Harry Potter, sanitary pads, racism, the new goth classmate, and general gossip; it's a rough-and-rugged, sometimes heartwarming, pinball game exchange.

They are trying to come to terms with everything: people who are different, good and evil, jealousy, and priorities. Sounds fill the air, some with conviction, others mere weather balloons gauging inner and outer temperatures. But in one way or another, all the words are meant to make connection.

There is a single non-verbal scene, filled with an athlete's ever-quickening moves. It forewarns the audience of a crushing blow, which takes place off stage. The young girls' world is hit by a heartbreaking incident, which they all need to come to terms with.The following scene is the only one that feels scripted, more a nod to the organic movement of earlier, rather then a negative.

To a person, these young actresses give standup, committed performances. There's some difference between skill level, but the levels are tight and, given the ease of delivery, goes unnoticed.

The cast includes No. 11, Katharine Gatcomb; 25, Laura Riggle; 13, Daizy Spear; 46, Emelie Vandenberg; 2, Quinn McPherson; 7, Kaitlin Deyo; 14, Alisha Behnia; 8, Kaylin Moriarty; and 00, Amy Desrosiers.

The sole adult who appears in the final scene is aptly performed by Sam Pannier.

Director Rachel Vilandre has done a smart job helping her young performers develop distinct characters, the very crux of the piece's success, and keeps things moving at an interesting, natural pace.

"The Wolves" is an unconventional script, and rare in that it doesn't define women through their relationship with men. It's a play about authentic female teens, discovering a fuller self, weighing hopes, fears, loyalties and friendships, which is performed honorably by a high school and college-age cast. "Wolves" lets you see into their secret world - an interesting one at that. "The Wolves" kicks, and scores.

Go & Do

What: 'The Wolves'

When: Through July 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; matinees at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Where: Star Theatre at the Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery

Tickets: $25

More info: Visit www.seacoastrep.org or call (603) 433-4793; call the STAR Theatre box office at (207) 439-3800