One Act productions come together for festival

One Acts
Freshmen Duncan Kinzie, Melanie Umbaugh, Olivia Kohring, Emma Lingl, and Eugene Gardiner work together on “Lights Out” for the One Act Festival. (photo by Samantha Brown)

Samantha Brown
Staff Writer

“One Acts are short (10-15 minutes) student written and directed plays,” said senior Sean O’Brien.

The One Act Festival will be held on Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

“They are a lot of fun to be in and are a great way for students who haven’t been involved in the drama department before to become involved,” added O’Brien.

Auditions for the One Acts took place on Nov. 18. Students came and tried out for a part in a play they wanted to get and the director would give them a part he thought they should be.
“We had auditions for all of the one acts at the same time, with each individual show having their own corner to work in. People would come up and we would have them read first for any part they wanted to try for and second for any part we wanted them to try. When it was over, we picked who we liked and checked if any other shows had cast them yet,” said freshman Duncan Kinzie.

Kinzie is directing his own play for the One Acts. “I wanted to enter something that I had written because I wanted to test how good of a writer I was,” Kinzie said. “I thought that if it was good enough, that I could make a big entrance into the drama community of the school with the show.”

Freshman Melanie Umbaugh is the assistant director/stage manager for Kinzie’s production. “I’m super excited for the show and I think it’s going to be amazing when it’s all put together. It takes a lot of work and coordination with everyone involved, but it’s really fun and I think it’ll be rewarding when it’s finished,” said Umbaugh.

“We rehearse every school day until the show but not everyone has to be there for every rehearsal. I expect people to work on their character and memorization on their own time,” said Kinzie.

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