The cast hard at work rehearsing
This years theatre II and III class’s midterm exam is performing and putting on a show and the show that they are doing this year is an original play written by seniors Samantha Goe and Harrison Ivins for their capstone projects.
It's time for our winter show. This year Mr. Ford has decided to have his theatre II and III class do a performance that will count as their midterm exams for the class. Mr. Ford also did this last year, however this year is a bit different because the show that they will put on is an original show written and directed by two members of our senior class, Samantha Goe and Harrison Ivins, for their capstone.
Some people might wonder what compelled Mr. Ford to allow two students to write and direct a show. Well, when Mr. Ford was in high school he was allowed to produce and direct shows when he was in high school and it was, he states, “The most rigorous and exhausting challenge of my entire high school experience, and I loved it.” Having had that experience, Mr. Ford wanted to offer that same opportunity to his students. Now, having students write a show is one thing, but having them direct it and be “in charge” of their peers is something else. Having been there for these rehearsals, Mr. Ford was able to experience class in a different way and see how his students acted differently having a leadership position and how their peers reacted to that. He states, from seeing rehearsals, “I see the importance of structure and efficiency. No one likes their time wasted, and students are prone to demonstrate poor rehearsal etiquette when students are in charge.” While there have been some rough rehearsals, Mr. Ford is still looking forward to the performances.
One of the students involved in the show is the stage manager, Junior, Macie Ellington. Macie has been in many shows so it’s no surprise why the directors chose her as their right hand woman. There were a lot of things going on during this production process that were very stressful, but something that was enjoyable to Macie was, “Watching Samantha and Harrison’s progression as directors and theatre advocates throughout the whole process. They never cease to amaze me with how well and maturely they all were (and trust me, there were many) problems that arose.” There are a lot of responsibilities that come with being a stage manager such as making sure all the props are where they need to be, keeping the cast inline (which can be very hard for a student to do with other students), as well as knowing basically the entire show from top to bottom and Macie has never been a stage manager before. There is a lot to learn about being a stage manager, which can be stressful for anyone., especially when you’re a student dealing with other students.“The ability to separate my relationships that I have with people outside of theatre from the new relationships I had to form with people as I was a stage manager and they were actors in it was difficult. The experience also has given me much more respect for all of the backstage aspects that go into a play.”
One of the actors, Gracie Vogel (who’s playing Alex), was also interviewed. Gracie is used to always being a director not an actor, so this show experience was very different for her, it was a change of scenery from being backstage to onstage. Gracie is very excited for the show and has been since before the script was written and she believes people should see it because, “It’s 100% original, no one has ever seen this production and might not ever be able to again! It’s also a great way to support our EH students by supporting a play they wrote and developed independently.” Miss. Vogel also liked that she got to work with people that she doesn’t usually get to work with in out of school theatre, and she liked seeing how their talents and passion grow. Theatre is growing!
Please come and support our students and theatre program and come see the show
MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOWS:
8th grade show: 1st block on Dec. 14
7th grade show: last block on De. 14
7:00pm on Dec. 14
3:30pm on Dec. 15
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