Drama One-Act Festival

The annual capstone projects of advanced drama

Casey Crocker, Reporter

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The Sehome advanced drama class put together a series of short plays on Monday, March 25 as part of the annual One Act Festival. These plays were adapted to fit the time constraints which allowed around 35 minutes for each play.

The Festival was split into two parts. Part one ran from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and included “Almost Maine” directed by Lily Furlong (12), and “Rabbit Hole” directed by Anica Johnston (12). Part two ran from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and included “The Other Room” directed by Cayden Larrosa (12), and “The Importance Of Being Earnest” directed by Kenzie Knapp (12).

The first play of the festival was “Almost Maine,” directed by Lily Furlong. The play is a tragic romantic comedy which consists of a series of unrelated scenes all centering around the highs and lows of various romantic relationships.

“The scenes in this play are not based in reality,” Fulong said. “For example, in the first scene a girl physically gets her heart broken, and she must carry it around in a paper bag.” Hyperboles like this are common in comedic theater at Sehome according to Furlong.

Furlong also spoke about the new theater just before the festival began on Monday. “I’m excited to see the other shows,” Furlong added. “I’m also excited to have more people see us perform in this new space, and to have the capacity to have a larger audience,” she said.

Another play from this festival was “The Importance Of Being Earnest” directed by Kenzie Knapp. It takes place in 1890s England and is a story of a man named Jack who lives a double life with his alter ego named Earnest. Jack is in love with a girl, however she only knows Jack by his alter ego, Earnest. In Sehome’s adapted version, Henry Grant-Tetlow (12) plays the part of Jack’s love interest, Gwendolen Fairfax.

“This is my first time playing a woman in a play,” Grant-Tetlow said. “So it’s a bit of a new experience for me.” Grant-Tetlow spoke about pre-show nerves, “I don’t really get stage fright anymore,” he added. “I’ve been acting for a while now, so most of the nerves for me come the afternoon leading up to the performance and they mostly revolve around making sure everything will turn out how we rehearsed.”

One common theme throughout these interviews, was the performer’s love for their fellow stagemates, and the strong sense of community theater provides.

“Theater offers an incredible sense of community and includes people who genuinely support each other,” Furlong stated. “It’s fun to be around groups like that.”

Grant-Tetlow also had something to offer about the topic. “What I enjoy most about theater is the community that it brings on, everyone becomes close friends,” Grant-Tetlow said. “You have to to make it work one way or another with the cast you have. That may be why the bond is so strong. A lot of people do theater for the comradery of it,” he said.

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