Student Directed Plays


During the school year, students strive to learn better acting skills by participating in the student directed plays.
This year the show was made up of 17 vignettes, and helped aid novice actors to understand more about what acting in a show feels like, and helping more advanced actors understand better what directing plays are like.
“The student directors didn’t really know what to expect and how to control the actors,” Junior and director of the play “Bar Mitzvah Boy” Jake Beren said. Jake worked under the guidance of his mentors Paris Naster and Maddie Parker, and directed his play with actors Oscar Chase and Abby Flekier.
“[I see] upcoming talent in some of the [freshmen], but they have a long way to go,” Beren said.
Olivia Curry, another student director, worked with Oscar Chase and Amoge Wampkah.
Curry enjoyed working with her actors, and agreed that the plays were more of a learning process than they were for show.
“I had the best actors and they were hardworking. They made a few mistakes, but they covered it and they really just played it off well and it was funny,” Curry said.
Curry’s mentor was Hailey DeWolfe, who has participated in student directed plays for three years thus far.
“I really think that every year the plays just get a lot better, and as we saw again [this year] we started off in a rough place and we were able to grow from that, so I think they all turned out really well,” DeWolfe said.
This translates back to the reason for the student directed plays: actor developement.
“I definitely think that the role of the student directed plays are to grow, and I definitely think that is what they do,” said DeWolfe.
Nonetheless, there is plenty of room for improvement.
“There were a few good ones but in general, this year, the directors in the advanced acting class all picked dramas rather than comedies,” Beren said. “Dramas are harder to do and the freshmen didn’t portray emotion and they just didn’t do blocking well enough.”
Even so, students find potential in the upcoming talent.
“The plays may not have gone well, but I think it was the same for every other actor the first time they did something like that,” Curry said.
While some of the plays were not as successful as wanted, students were still able to improve their acting skills.
“It’s good that that students have the opportunity to do this kind of acting… I have noticed many people improve over the past year,” DeWolfe said.