Theater students perform solo pieces

Theater students performed for first period classes Nov. 1


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It was dinner and a show (well, a show at least) for several first period classes Nov. 1 as students in the theatre 3 class performed solo acts in the commons area for those gathered.

Theater Teacher Glenn Weyler said the purpose of the performances was to challenge the class, which included students in theater 3 and 4.

“Theatre 3 is supposed to be the first of the really advanced theatre classes,” Weyler said. “One way to make an actor stronger is to make them be on stage all by themselves.”

Weyler also used the assignment as an opportunity to see what his theater 4 students could do as they will be directing the theatre 3 class in a few weeks.

Students in the theater 4 class Ajah Watkins, Brandon Hall, and Desmond Gould were given the song “Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel and were asked to build on their abilities as actors and to work together. By giving them this song, Weyler said he was preparing them for college where they will be given an assignment with little to no assistance from the teacher and asked to develop a performance.

“We got this song at the beginning of the government shutdown,” Watkins said. “It was a nice way to describe how we felt and how other people felt about the shutdown.”

Junior and Theater 3 Student Chris Pritchett’s solo act was about clearing away the negativity around the wolves’ names in three classic children’s stories: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs. Pritchett himself played the character of Floyd the Wolf.

“I always feel that there is never too much funny,” Pritchett said. “Laughter is the best medicine. The reputation of the wolves needed to be cleared.”

Autumn O’Neal made her solo act a little more personal, performing a piece on the subject of being the second twin and trying to find her own identity.

“I wanted it to be something that really meant something,” O’Neal said. “Sometimes it is really neat to have someone who knows you as well as you do but sometimes you are so close to being the same person that you have to fight to be your own.”

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