Student written plays featured in One Act Festival
January 17, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Adah Mallery
Nine McNary playwrights are getting a chance to stretch their imaginations one act at a time. Their short plays will be feature at this week’s One Act Festival.
McNary’s One Acts will be taking place on January 18th and 19th. This year will be Tom Cavanaugh first One Acts. There will be a total of 10 One Acts.
Although everyone is allowed to participate and enter a One Act play, only juniors and seniors are allowed to direct a play. According to Saige Baldwin, “One Acts is a good starter for theater. If anyone is interested in theater they should join One Acts first.”
“Inside, Outside, and Everywhere In Between” is one of this years acts. This play was written by Sydnie Gould and directed by Bella Fox. The play is about a woman named Amelia who has agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is the fear of going outside. The character has this problem because she had an abusive father; because her parents are divorced, that means that he could be anywhere outside. So instead of going outside, Amelia stays at home. Then she meets this boy named Daniel online. They have a great relationship and eventually she is able to go outside with him. According to Fox, “it is a kind-hearted story about a girls journey.”
Another play by Sydnie Gould is “Stuck In Traffic.” “Stuck In Traffic” is about a girl that gets stuck in traffic everyday and hates it. The play is a metaphor for people’s lives. Sometimes your life is moving, and you have a green light. Other times you are stuck in one spot in life with a red light. “Stuck In Traffic” is directed by Ivy Parker.
“Life has its stop and go moments. You are always destined to have that stop again,” Parker said. “It is a light hearted play that is very relatable.”
AB Feinauer wrote and is directing her skit “Just Another Average Play.” The main character for this play is also the narrator. “I have always wanted to see a narrator as a main character, so I wrote a play with one,” Feinauer said. The main characters name is Freddie. He is a typical moody, don’t show emotion, no spotlight, teenager. Feinauer said that the play is a mix between Breakfast Club and Twilight. It’s like the Breakfast Club because all the characteristics are blown out of proportion.
For Feinauer this play is her theater send off. “ I wanted to create something that I could be proud of.” This play will have a very simple set because then the main focus will be on the play itself. “I want to create something where I can laugh everyday. I want to create something that is going to be absolutely wonderful,” Feinauer said.
“Fear is a Four Letter Word” is another play that is part of One Acts. It is co-directed by Jacob Fritts and Rachel Herriges. This play is a murder mystery with a little comedy. A girl wakes up by a lake and doesn’t want to talk. The two main characters want to find out what is going on. “This play is fun, and has a lot of young talent,” Fritts said. “We are all really excited about the play.”
Saige Baldwin wrote and is directing a play called “Stay.” The play is about a boy who recently graduated from high school, and he falls in love with a girl that is three years younger. So instead of joining the military, he decides to stay. “I wanted to move people in it,” Baldwin said.