Seven theater seniors wrapped up their spring semester with student-produced one-act plays on April 15-16 and 22-23 as part of their graduation requirements. In the Bea Wood Studio Theatre, directors presented their plays to 400 attendees, raising $2,000.All profits made from the plays went back to a general theater production budget and paying for royalties.
“I’m really proud of what we all did on stage,” Kristin Lanier said. “It was a unique learning experience for all of us.”
Directors said when it comes to producing plays, the support they receive helps them especially in the area of keeping a budget for their department. Crystal Carter said the one-act plays are usually the biggest show of the year.
“I feel like overall the community understands that this is how we make our money,” Carter said.
In producing their plays, directors gathered all of their own props from places like Walmart and various thrift stores, which they said was little to no cost.
“It was kind of stressful but I wouldn’t say expensive,” Sarah Chong-Harmer said. “You want to make sure you have the right look but not by spending a bunch of money.”
While Harmer said she was confident after a couple run-throughs of her play, Drew Davison said he was a little worried until it finally happened.
“I’m really proud with how [the play] turned out,” Davison said. “I was really nervous going into that final week and didn’t think that everything was going to come together but it did and it all gelled very nicely.”
For Michael Gilbert, he said he was happy with the presentation of his play.
“I can definitely say this ended on a high note,” Gilbert said.