Student directors prepare for one-act plays

GETTING READY: Cast members prepare for their upcoming production of "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished." Mollie Weber (left) plays Squire and Jackie Hatchew is Widgina, the protagonist. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Haas)

GETTING READY: Cast members prepare for their upcoming production of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.” Mollie Weber (left) plays Squire and Jackie Hatchew is Widgina, the protagonist. (Pioneer photos/Justin McKee)

BIG RAPIDS — Two students from Big Rapids High School have the opportunity to show their visions as directors of one-act plays to the community. The plays, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” and “Gossip,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, at the BRHS Auditorium.

Student directors, senior Quinn Weirts and junior Julie Farrier, have worked with classmates to bring two plays to life, helping to build sets and coordinate lighting. Weirts and Farrier have spent recent rehearsals coaching their actors on how to project their voices and where to stand on set.

“Gossip” is a modern morality story, according to BRHS communications and drama teacher Lori Hathaway, while “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” is a light-hearted tale. This is the first time students were given the chance to direct for main stage events, she said.

DRESS REHEARSAL: Some of the cast of "Gossip" act out a scene. (From left) The actors are Morgan Marek, Saylor Bower as Gossip, Allison Keusch, Ricky Swinson and Rachel Fox.

DRESS REHEARSAL: Some of the cast of “Gossip” act out a scene. (From left) The actors are Morgan Marek, Saylor Bower as Gossip, Allison Keusch, Ricky Swinson and Rachel Fox.

“It is kind of every fairy tale you remember from your childhood all wrapped up into one,” Farrier said about “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.”

Farrier enjoyed working with classmates and crew members on this family-friendly show, she said. Her favorite part of being the director was having a vision in her mind and watching it come to life.

After Farrier’s play, there will be an intermission before Weirts’ begins.

“It’s different than I thought it would be, but it was fun,” Weirts said about being the student director of “Gossip.” “One-act plays are short, about half an hour long, and most of the time are not incredibly deep, though I would say ‘Gossip’ is an exception.”

Weirts said the play has a surprise ending.

There is no admission charge to view the plays, though donations are appreciated.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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