Student director Jennifer McGill welcomed the crowd, saying she hoped everyone would enjoy the performance, which students have been rehearsing since December. She thanked her cast, as well as the people who worked on the lights and sound. She also thanked senior Carolyn Rowe, who said had voted “Most Artistic” by the senior class. Rowe painted the background that was used for two of the one-act plays. McGill also announced that DVDs of the show were available for sale in the lobby for $10.
The show featured four one-act plays, and opened and closed with plays starring seniors Ashlee Sleet and Jamie Kelly. The first was called “A Lesson in Class.” In it, Sleet played a black nanny in the 1950s that “teaches a young New York girl a lesson in humility and pride,” according to the program. In the play, Kelly’s character tries to reach out to the nanny who helped raise her, but is a bit naïve about race relations during that time.
The second play was “Laffin’ School.” In it, a teacher named Miss Quackenbush, played by Melissa Starks, is put in charge of an unruly group of students on the last day of school. Jessy Harrell plays the principal, Mrs. Crabapple, who tells Mrs. Quackenbush that she might get a fulltime job at the school if she does a good job with the notorious children. The kids, who may or may not get promoted to the next grade, spend the play trying to get the best of their savvy new teacher. The show proved to be a crowd-pleaser, getting laughs from all the children’s crazy antics. The students were played by Robert Ingram, Cassie Thomas, Elizabeth DeVelvis, Marisa Evans, Danielle Romero, Connor McCloud, Amity Harris, Mallory Taylor, Matthew Harper and Aubrianna Jessup.
The third play of the show is “A Thing of Beauty,” in which a man, played by James Westerfield, sits on a park bench admiring a piece of driftwood. A police officer, played by Zach Peacock, is unsympathetic to the man’s eccentricity and is more concerned about littering the park. A would-be yuppie, played by Harper, tries to give the man a lesson in marketing, and a pretentious art collector, played by Hanna Oliver, considers buying the gnarled piece of wood. Only a young girl, played by Taylor, seems to understand the man, but her mother, played by Cassie Whitt, is understandably a bit afraid of this stranger.
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