One Act Plays
by The Milton Measure on Friday, December 9th, 2011
This past weekend, students and faculty around campus were buzzing with excitement for the student-directed One Act plays. Directed by Class I students, the One Act plays are a series of 30 minute plays which, year after year, never fail to impress. This year’s perfomances, which took place Thursday, December 1st, Friday, December 2nd, and Saturday, December 3rd, were widely considered one of the best school events of the year.
The first play, “In The Absence of Words,” was directed by Emilie Trehu (I) and starred students Shauna Yuan (I), Kevin Ma (II), Sean Leo (I), and Lina Neidhardt (I). The play follows the relationship between young woman (Yuan), her new boyfriend (Ma), and her father; the tone of the story develops from regret to acceptance, and the actors successfully find moments to interweave well-timed humor, lightening the mood.
The night’s second play, “Table for Four,” directed by Cary Williams (I) and performed by Kris Powers (II), Sahana Rao-Chakravorti (III), Ian Malone (III), and Clare Dingle (II), surrounds a school shooting. The play strived off of darkness, suspense and the unique personalities of many characters, which the actors expressed through deliberate actions. Additionally, they succeeded in demonstrating humans’ capacity to strengthen each other in times of grief and tragedy.
The last performance, “Watermelon Boats,” starred Cary Williams and Emilie Trehu. “Watermelon Boats” told the story of two friends coping with the transition into womanhood. Williams and Trehu skillfully captured the strong bond between the two girls, captivating audience members with their authenticity.
Trehu and Williams felt that directing the plays was an amazing opportunity.
“This year, we were able to cast people who have never acted before and I think it’s fantastic that we can offer that opportunity to let people try new things,” says Emilie Trehu.
“It’s the only production all year that is entirely student directed so it’s the only chance for upperclassmen who have been involved in theater before to show what they’ve learned by directing their own show.” Congratulations to Cary, Emilie, and all of the actors involved in this year’s production; we look forward to a great show next year.
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