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One (Act) is Enough

For all those with a love of seeing theater, the next Drama Club event is coming up very soon! The 2016 One Act Festival will be on the KM Auditorium stage on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1st, at 7pm. Tickets are $5, and will be available at the door.

The One Act Festival is an annual collection of student-directed one act shows put on by the KMHS Drama Club. A one act play is a play that only has one act, as distinct from plays with several acts. This year, the line-up consists of four shows: three plays and a dance performance.

Megan Paschke, KM Perform sophomore, is directing a play called Mirrors, written by John O’Brien. As the youngest of this year’s directors, Megan is very grateful for the opportunity to direct. “Directing this show has been an amazing experience that I am so lucky and happy to have been able to have.” She went further on to mention how, “directing has been such a learning experience that has helped me grow in all areas of theater.”

Kimberly Laberge, a KM Perform junior, is directing an original play titled, Yet to Come. “It all began with AJ Magoon’s ten minute play of the same name at Waukesha Civic Theater’s Combat Boot Camp. He graciously agreed to let me adapt and extend the script for the One Act Festival,” Kimberly says.

The last play is another original, written and directed by senior KMHS student, Amina Odogba. As described by her, “The Color Man is a play that questions our humanity in a vibrant yet, comical way. As many of us succumb to the gaze, we too, find ourselves washed out; a less ‘vibrant’ version ourselves.”

A new featured performance this year to the One Acts Festival is senior Alex Meeth’s portfolio dance performance: Carefree. Featuring an original score and original choreography, it was inspired by Jerome Robbins’ one act ballet, Fancy Free. Manning Steinke, one of the leads in the show, says that “it’s really cool how it was originally ballet, and then turned into hip hop.”

Ms. Kean, the festival’s producing director, is also excited for this year’s festival. “This year, more so than others, the students have consulted me less… which is especially exciting, and with these projects, these shows, it’s amazing to see all that they’ve learned.” And truly, every student involved has worked very hard to put together a fabulous night full of laughter, fun, and emotional performances. You won’t want to miss it!

 

Alex Meeth

September, 2016