An Evening of One Acts in Review
Every year, our school has the opportunity to watch Mrs. Elliott’s grade twelve students perform in an Evening of One Acts. This year’s night of One Acts, which occurred January 14th and 15th, was filled with laughter, sadness, suspense, and excitement. The drama students’ hard work and dedication definitely showed.
An Evening of One Acts is essentially a series of short plays that the grade twelve students select themselves and spend most of the semester preparing for. From casting, memorizing lines, and staging scenes, these students proved that they are ready for Broadway. The first act consisted of two short plays, “Surprise” and “Early Frost,” which contradict in both theme and style.
“Surprise” is a comedic take on dating where one girl, played by Michelle Usling and Janelle Stewart across both nights, is furious with her boyfriend, played by Joey Garsone, because he never lets her finish her sentences. Additionally, he believes he is psychic. Not only does she break up with him, but she dumps a glass of water on his head—he did not have to be psychic to see that coming. He later makes a love connection with the waitress, played by Kerri Poitras, when she surprisingly kisses him.
“Early Frost” is a dark and eerie play about an orphaned little girl named Alice, played by Ariana Rotondi, who goes to live with her two aunts, Louise and Hannah, played by Janelle Stewart and Marina Rajinthrakumar. When Alice decides to play in the attic, she is suddenly approached by a little girl named Lydia, portrayed by Katie Srebot. Alice does not realize Lydia died years ago. This suspenseful performance causes you to wonder what exactly happens to Lydia till the very end.
Act two starts off on a serious note with “Quiet Place.” This play deals with the fatal effects of drug use and alcoholism and how one person’s mistake can affect many. After her best friend Danny’s death from an overdose at a party, Sheila, played by Caitlin Sweetman, is being pressured by others to keep quiet about what really happened the night Danny died. David, Danny’s brother, played by Robert Walsh supports Sheila, but cautions her not to give into peer-pressure. “Quiet Place” had just enough of heartfelt and frightening scenes to illustrate how harmful drug use and abuse can be.
The final play, “Postponing the Heat Death of the Universe,” is hilarious. It is almost a high school version of the “Big Bang Theory,” where one super smart teen named Nick, played by Luca Cicero, decides to stay in bed all day in hopes of hiding his sadness from losing an essay contest to Jackie Walker. Jackie, played by Alexa Josephs, is not just any girl; she is the smartest girl in the world and coincidentally has a little crush on Nick. Stacy, played by Justine O’donoghue, also has interest in Nick, but when she discovers that Nick and Jackie are postponing the heat death of the universe, she wants no part in it. This play definitely makes for a hilarious twist to friendship and romance.
Although the semester is over, the drama students will never forget the hours they spent working on One Acts and how all of this hard work led them to build new friendships and one spectacular show!