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One Act plays premiere

November 21, 2014

Kelsi Ford / The Courier - Student actors rehearse a scene for one of Emily Rollie's student directors.

One act plays have recently become a phenomenon on MC’s campus. They’re a 30- 40 minute play featuring only one act that’s directed by students.

The students prepare for the ultimate “director” title by enrolling in Emily Rollie’s THEA 377: Principles of Directing course that focuses on preparing students for the directing process. Directors play the biggest role in a production. Their input is required in every element of the production. This includes set design, props, costumes, sound and of course the breakdown of the script.

Rollie prepares her students for the task by exposing them to different directing styles, working with actors, sitting in on rehearsals and providing them with constructive criticism that they can use to better their work. Adam Duffield is one of the several student directors in the course and describes the feeling of directing as “exciting.”

He said, “I enjoy seeing the hard work I put in unfold on the stage. It doesn’t make me anxious, it makes me excited. The most difficult part of it all is putting in the necessary work for a successful production. However, it’s great to see your vision come alive on stage, especially when it’s exactly how you imagined it to be.”

There are times when a director can spend countless hours, day in and day out, trying to successfully put on a show. It’s difficult trying to convey a message through everything and everyone present on the stage, but these students enrolled in this course are doing just that.
The directors are excited for their audiences to view their work. Rollie said, “The directors selected plays based off of their own strengths and interests, so the entire evening is quite diverse – plays vary by style and genre – so it should be an entertaining evening for the audience.”

Toni Ward describes watching one of the one act plays as an “honor.” She said, “I enjoy watching the work of my peers translate on stage. We have a strong theater department and it shows in the productions.”

Rollie is eager to see her students work. She said, “I hope people attend the showcase, as the students – directors, actors, and crew – have worked very hard and need an audience with whom to share their work.”

DonJanae Morgan
Contributing Writer

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