Student Directed One-Acts to be Performed

by Katie Sobetski

Under the bright lights of the York College stage this week, a quartet of student directed one-acts will bring the diverse arrangement of life’s dark voices plotted against hope, a murderously funny restaurant, a new method used by nannies to make children behave, and a fed-up actress.

Three weeks ago YC students Janette Foreman, Nick Floyd, Shannon Robinson, and Aaron Rhodebeck held open tryouts for their one-act plays.  After pouring over the large list of characters auditioned for by the students, the directors chose their casts and away they went with set construction, making costumes, holding rehearsals, etc. 

Under the guidance of John I. Baker III, the young theatre majors and their plays have flourished.  Foreman expressed her gratitude for Baker’s supervision, “He’s been wonderful—balancing the importance of helping when needed but also allowing us to direct our own shows.” 

Foreman, a junior Theatre/Speech Education and English Education major, is directing her own work called My Girl Leah, along with her assistant director, Sarah Nading.  It is the story of a girl who struggles with depression, but as Foreman so aptly put it, “There is never a time when those dark voices have to win.  There is hope.” 

Though on the serious side, this drama is not without laughter and enjoyment; who hasn’t laughed a little at those silly teenage years?  Playing Leah is freshman secondary English Education major Nathana Faddis from Grand Island, Nebraska.

While there are usually three one-acts total, with a comedy or two, this year there are three comedies, each hilarious in its own right.  After assistant directing The Mouse That Roared Floyd, Senior Communications major, cast students for his one-act Employees Must Wash Hands Before…Murder, written by Don Zolodis.  Together with his assistant director Matt Carlson and his cast of sixteen, Floyd has had a great time putting this play together.

“It is so outrageous and funny, the audience will love it,” said Floyd.  “I can’t stop laughing when I watch it.  It is so crazy—people will be talking about it for a long time after.” 

Also on the one-act comedy list for the evening is The Schartz-Metterklume Method, directed by Shannon Robinson, and I Hate Mothers, directed by Aaron Rhodebeck.  Admission is FREE and no reservations are necessary. 

As Floyd said, “Come and enjoy it all!”

Performances will be this week on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm in Gurganus Hall on the corner of 10th and Kiplinger Avenue.

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