North Branch High Players to present one-act plays
NORTH BRANCH — The North Branch High Players will present “A Night of One-Act Plays” starting tonight, and continuing Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. There will be two one-act plays performed, “It’s Not You It’s Me” by Don Zolidis and “Paintin’ the Fence” by Dave Barton and Matt Bond.
The one-act plays are a special occasion for the North Branch drama department, because both plays are being directed by student directors.
“It’s Not You It’s Me” is being directed by seniors Olivia Edens and Kery Russell. The short play is a comical look at break-ups, with several couples breaking up in the most unusual and hilarious ways.
“Usually they’re really sad and Taylor Swift has to write a song about it,” Edens joked about break-ups, “but these are really funny.” Edens and Russell both said they picked the play because of how funny it is, and because it gave them a chance to do something realistic and modern for the performance, something different from what they usually do.
“Paintin’ the Fence” is being directed by senior Hannah Arman. The play is a musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic novel “Tom Sawyer,” and Arman said she picked it both because it was a musical and because it was always her favorite story growing up. “It’s our own adaptation of a classic story,” said Arman. “I love to see come to life on stage, not just reading it out of a book.”
The drama club started the process immediately after Thanksgiving, said the student directors, and have been rehearsing ever since. Despite the short amount of time to prepare, the drama students said they feel prepared for opening night tonight, though they are expecting to still be nervous.
The three student directors admitted it took a lot more work than they thought it would to direct the play and oversee all the other students. “You can’t act like a student, you have to act like a regular director,” said Edens. “If I had to do another student directed play, I’d have gray hair like Mr. Sorrensen (drama teacher).”
“You have to be a leader and not a follower,” added Arman.
The students got a first-hand look at what it takes to put on a performance, including everything from picking out a script, holding rehearsals, and directing the students’ acting to designing the set and keeping track of props.
Performances of the one-act plays are at 7:30 p.m. in the North Branch auditorium tonight, Friday and Saturday. All three performances are open to the public, and the entire community is invited to watch the performance and support the young actors. Tickets are sold at the door only and cost $6 for adults or $4 for students with ID, military with ID, senior citizens and children under 12.