Senior directed One Acts entertain and amaze audiences


Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Cleveland’s four-day spectaculathon of senior-directed One Acts.

The show wasn’t like any other, each act consisted of four separate stories, creating a spectacular show. Each of the eight stories had a different impact on the audience.

Act one had stories such as the opening act, “Enigma Variations,” directed by Owen Netzer and Kellen Landgraver. In my opinion, it was a great way to start the show. Not only was it funny, but you saw sophomore William Balmer dressed in a white dress and speaking in a French accent.

“Under The Balcony” was based on “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Ian Kleckner and Nathan Pride. Romeo was portrayed by Jonas Beard and Claire Miles as Juliet. The language used related to teenagers, and the best part was that nobody died.

Not to put the Cleveland drama department down nor the seniors Maiya Coleman and Anahelena Goodman-Flood, who directed the show “Free Fall,” but in my opinion, the point the play was trying to get across was unclear, making me doze off and wander into a dream.

The final play before intermission was “The Bald Soprano,” which was directed by Emma Hadley and Selene Barnet. It was certainly amusing and the actors pulled out that cocky, rich English accent which brought the story to life.

Act two was extraordinary. It was more whimsical than the first, and none of the stories made me want to fall asleep. The first story was “Hamlet: A Small Rewrite,” directed by Patrick Linegar and Derek Day. Hamlet was played by Jonah Leidigh accompanied by his editor, played by Hailey Shiling. It was all very hilarious and entertaining to watch them as they argued.

“The Philadelphia,” directed by Matt Ries, was all out comical. Not to point fingers, but Al, played by Seth Skye, almost forgot his line. It all worked out in the end due to the quick thinking of he and his fellow cast mates Sage Beraka, who played Mark, and Abbey Wilusz, who portrayed the waitress. Overall the story was incredible and entertaining to watch.

A shout out to Gwen Frost who was marvelous as the lead in Abbie Winn’s directed story, “The Janitor.” Not because she is a fellow colleague of mine in newspaper, but she did an amazing job and her wardrobe and makeup were remarkable. She truly did look like a 56-year-old janitor.

The final performance, “Drugs are Bad,” directed by Liz Reynolds and William Lakin-Shelly, stole the show. I admired that the show ended with this play. It was impeccable. I enjoyed how the parents acted like education is bad, and their kid shouldn’t care about school, and how they should spend more time skipping and spending money in the arcades. It was a hilarious take on how to parent. This story was by far the funniest out of them all.

In each story the costumes had a big impact. Each story had different costumes that went with the scene. Although most actors didn’t really make a dramatic costume change, and wore what they would normally wear to school, it brought an edge to the play and helped to bring the scene to life. There were no backgrounds, yet the props transformed the idea they wanted and the visual the audience needed to make the scene accurate.

The directors did a tremendous job. They showed that they really know how to direct a great show. Each actor had their moment and performed to their fullest. The choreography they had in “The Janitor” was simple and diversified enough that caught the audience’s attention.

I am very thrilled that I decided to go and watch the prodigious Senior One Acts. To the people who saw the show, great decision. We laughed and supported the young actors and gave them confidence. I applaud the directors for their spectacular job.