Bright lights! Stage fights! And some of CB’s best actors! What else would you expect from the annual One Act Festival? One Acts is CB’s annual theatre festival, full of talented individuals. Every year new students participate in the show, full of original short plays, written, directed, and acted by students. Directors bring in their […]
Bright lights! Stage fights! And some of CB’s best actors! What else would you expect from the annual One Act Festival?
One Acts is CB’s annual theatre festival, full of talented individuals. Every year new students participate in the show, full of original short plays, written, directed, and acted by students. Directors bring in their own music and plan what they want to do with the lights. With such a short production, students get a crash course on how to plan a sound and lights cue. Not only this, but their fellow students get to see original works by their friends.
“It’s really cool because the audience is seeing never-seen-before shows, that only they will get to see,” says Jacob Cherry (‘18), “It’s a once in a lifetime experience.”
Not only do students perform on the CB stage, but also in Folsom Lake College’s Three Stages at The Harris Center. This is the third year in a row that CB students have gone and performed there.
The Lenaea Festival is a high school acting festival that brings together students across California and Nevada, and students can compete in categories of monologues, duo scenes, musical performances, directing, and playwriting. Jacob says “It’s a very rewarding, fun, collaborative process that I look forward to every year.”
This year CB brought a One Act, three monologues, a scene, and three musical theatre songs, winning Best Actress for a One Act, and gold for a monologue.
With One Acts being a smaller production, many students participate in both plays. Jenn Roberts (‘18) is a great example of this:
“In Writer’s Block, I play Camille, the… companion of an emotionally isolated and tortured man… In The Reunion Interviews I play Mrs. Drexel, the… socially awkward teacher in charge of organizing interviews for the graduating class.” Jenn also participated in the Lenaea festival, performing a song and a scene with Jacob.
With so much on their plate, CB students and actors also have to worry about school. Jenn says that the “most challenging part is the transition into the second semester… For One Acts you really just hit the ground running after winter break.”
With less time to rehearse, students are pressured into a smaller time slot. The early spring semester also includes new classes, college applications, and SAT and ACT prep classes. Despite the stress, “It’s just an all around great experience,” says Spencer Fitzpatrick (‘20), “You get to hang out with some really cool people.”
Theatre is a weird, fun, and eccentric family. One Acts is different than the larger productions because it’s mostly student run, and that’s the biggest draw. According to Ava Grevath (‘20), it’s also “a story that you get to do for the first time ever… You get to really see the director’s viewpoint between every action, instead of having a bit of removal between the script and yourself.”
One Acts has the special privilege of being in the middle of February, in between the fall and spring productions. Since it only runs for one weekend, Spencer says CB students should come to “To support your friends because this is their story… you should come for the stories because… everything will be new. And it’s just fun to watch your friends go up and have fun.”