Zachary Sanford–Staff Writer
The stage set. The lights low. An audience sitting for another round of One Acts in the theater department’s Black Box. The actors getting to play completely different people for just a few minutes. All of this came together to form one grand set of entertainment on the weekend of Nov. 16th.
This year’s theatre directing class put on a stellar performance of 14 shows. They were mostly filled with themes of death, dying, or dead people, but an occasional silly skit was strategically placed in the program to lighten the continually dreary mood. This consistency of theme was unintentional, as each director was allowed to choose their own short play without consulting with the other directing students.
“The deeper ones made me think more about what the plays were communicating,” said freshman Damon Groen. “I really liked the funny ones, they made me laugh.” His personal favorite was “The Pee Test,” directed by junior Jalyn Vander Wal.
Two groups performed seven shows each, with group A running on Thursday, Nov. 16th, group B on Friday, Nov 17th, and both performing on Saturday, Nov 18th. They completed the weekend with 28 short skit performances total.
“The Maltese Walter was probably my favorite,” said sophomore Katie Fictorie. “It was just really funny.” Fictorie also performed in one of the acts. Many of the actors watched the other one acts in dress rehearsal.
“You do learn a lot about people in general hanging out with them backstage,” she said.
The directing class does this performance as an assignment starting in late October, with the auditions happening and actors finishing their memorization within two weeks of each other. The directors have to create their scene from the ground up, throwing stage directions at the actors. The directors started the first week of school looking at scripts and analyzing them.
“The process is about collaboration,” said Josiah Wallace, directing class professor. “To be a good director, you have to direct something. It was about working with a script and seeing what the students put into it, then adding actors to see what they add.” The one act project is 60% of students’ grades in the class.
At the end of the night, the actors came out for bows to enthusiastic applause. Every performance was accompanied by a full audience and a full range of emotion.