THS Drama Department Puts on Night of One-Acts

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By Anya Sczerzenie

The Tuscarora drama department performed their annual “Night of Student-Directed One-Acts” on March 7th and 8th, 2017. The three short plays that were performed were all selected, managed, and directed by students, and performed by small casts. “One acts are shorter, there’s a lot less people so it creates a closer bond between the cast members.” said sophomore James Foster, who played Bob in “Hard Candy”.

“Hard Candy”, a play about job interviews gone wrong, was directed by senior Resnah Minhas. “[The play] is things you shouldn’t do during a job interview.” said junior Lily Noyd, who played the characters Emily and Jill. The play was originally written by Jonathan Rand, and is popular among high-school students because of its humor and versatile casting.

The other comedy of the night was “Superheroes”, originally written by Ian McWethy, which was directed by senior Tylor Goshorn. “It’s about superheroes when there is no crime and they’re very bored.” said Goshorn. The play contained a large cast with familiar Marvel and DC Comics characters, such as Batman, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Superman, as they deal with ordinary life problems in a series of short, funny sequences. “I chose this play because I read it through and thought it was the funniest thing,” said Goshorn.

A more serious play, “Painted Rain” by Janet Allard, was directed by senior Fernanda Estrella. It’s the story of two orphaned girls and the ways in which they cope with life. “It’s a story about the two girls learning to love each other as sisters, and realizing that they only have each other and Barbara, their social worker.” said Estrella. “I thought that represented a lot of families, where family doesn’t end with blood.” Painted Rain was the smallest play of the night by cast, containing only three actresses and an understudy, but it packed a powerful message.