GIRARD — Students at Girard High School will take the stage for a mixture of performances this weekend as part of four school-wide one act plays.
Performances of the four plays will open at 7 p.m. Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Three plays will be directed by GHS seniors Lauren Battitori, Fayelyn Kmiec and Cody Jarboe, with the fourth being directed by English and Language Teacher Terry Wunder.
The student directors said they enjoy putting on one act plays, because it allows them to work with multiple stories and styles.
“It’s a lot more stressful, but we make it work,” Battitori said.
The one act play auditions are open to all students, and the directors think the shorter performances draw more people to get involved.
“Whenever we’ve done a big play, only students in drama have really auditioned,” Jarboe said. “With the one acts, because they’re student directed, more kids come try out. I think it’s just more approachable.”
The four plays will include two comedies, as well as two dramas with a focus on social issues. Jarboe will direct “May I have Your Attention Please,” a play about a son who does not fit in, and how his relationships with his siblings and parents have affected his decisions.
Battitori will direct “Oh, What a Tangled Web,” which features a girl who makes up an excuse to get out of work, which leads to a string of hilarious fumbles.
Kmiec will direct “Confession: Kafka in High School.” The play is based on the novel “The Trial” by Franz Kafka, which outlines a man being interrogated without knowing the nature of his crime. “Confession” takes that storyline to high school in the form of student Connor K.
“It’s an absurdist comedy, so it has some bizarre things happen and leaves some things open ended,” Kmiec said. “It ends up with some pretty interesting interrogation.”
Wunder will direct “A Wreath for Emmett Till.” The play chronicles the struggles of Emmett Till and his impact on the Civil Rights era. Till was lynched in Mississippi at the age of 14 in 1955.
The four plays are performed by a cast of around 20 students. This will mark the third year GHS has done one act plays. All performances take place in the Shireman Auditorium at GHS. Tickets are available at the door before either performance.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.