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Theater Central to premiere yearly One Act Festival

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Theater Central will perform its yearly One Act Festival May 9-11. The show comprises 6 short plays written, directed and managed by different students

Theater Central will perform the One Act Festival in Central’s Auditorium from May 9 to May 11.

The festival comprises six short plays titled: “The Adventures of the Super Duds,” “Superhero Group Therapy,” “Grocery Store Simulator,” “Giddy Up,” “Rods and Foam” and “Wedding Party.”

Each show is 20 minutes and is completely written, directed and stage managed by different students.

“The Adventures of the Super Duds” is directed by senior Amaia Wood and junior Issac Rivera chronicling the story of two characters who decide to write a comic book about superheroes who have rather useless superpowers but must stop a villain to save the earth.

“Everyone has been incredibly locked in,” Rivera said. “I’m very thankful for the cast for the hard work they’ve been putting in.”

“Superhero Group Therapy” is directed by seniors Kathryn Prerost and Lilly Robinson and is about a troubled group of superheroes who have quirky traits that cause them to compliment and clash with each other.

“Grocery Store Simulator” is directed by seniors Sophia Fischer and Olivia Maulding and is about an employee who works at a grocery store but has to face frustrating customers.

“Giddy Up” is directed by senior Sophia Swanson and stage managed by junior Rhea Thankachen and is about a girl who dislikes horses, but is forced to become a horseback rider.

“Rods and Foam” is directed by Senior Angela Clark and stage managed by Senior Meera Dullur and is about a puppeteering class with eccentric teachers and students.

“Wedding Party” is directed by seniors Bianca and Amanda Cima and is about a comical wedding party that develops issues based on tension amongst the characters.

Rivera also acknowledged the larger turnout in participation in the performances this year compared to previous years. 

“[One Acts this year has] been the biggest it’s been in years,” Rivera said. “Instead of [adding] parts, they had to trim parts down because we [had] a big turnout, which was really good actually.”

Juniors Lucy Ross and Jamie Kwon are the co-producers of the One Act performances. They are in charge of assisting the casts of each act, answering any questions and ensuring that the production process runs smoothly.

“We work pretty closely with the directors to make sure they’re communicating all the things to their cast that they need to,” Ross said.

The performances will be shown May 9, 10, and 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the box office.

“I’m just really excited for the show,” Ross said. “I think it’s always a fun experience to do One Acts.”

Correction: The article originally stated there was a 3 p.m. showtime on May 11. There is no showtime then.

 

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    Natalie LanganMay 10, 2024 at 8:31 am

    Oops, sorry about the previous comment, I actually meant there is not a 3:00pm show on May 11. There is a show on May 9, 10, and 11 ALL at 7:00. No 3:00pm show. Three shows total.

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    Natalie LanganMay 10, 2024 at 8:27 am

    Hi! So happy to see theatre representation, thank you for writing this! I just wanted to let you know that there is not a show on May 12, there are only three shows this year, (May 9, 10, and 11 all at 7:00.)

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