Disabled children and distraught couples take to Douglas High School's stage this Friday and Saturday in the Drama Club's One-Act Play Festival.
The festival will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Douglas High School Drama Room. Tickets can be bought at the door for $7 general admission or $5 students, seniors, or presale from theater students.
The two plays that will be shown are "It's Not You It's Me" and "Painted Rain." Both one-act plays will last between 30 and 40 minutes.
"It's Not You It's Me" is a comedy written by Don Zolidis that revolves around relationships and the absurdity of breakups.
"Everyone should be ready for some intense moments, but lots of laughter," said Tamrah Torres, director of "It's Not You, It's Me."
Torres has been a part of Douglas High School's Drama Club since her sophomore year and has been a part of most of the plays the club has put on since then. She was also in "Usher," a play at Pau-Wa-Lu, during her freshman year.
"I've always been interested in directing," said Torres. "I figured since it was senior year I might as well go for it and try it out, see if I would want to pursue a career in directing."
"I like her spunk at jumping in and wanting to try this. I am confident in her because she is confident," said Amy Sando, head of the theater department at DHS.
The other production, "Painted Rain," is a drama written by Janet Allard that tells the story of two orphans trying to find a sense of normalcy, and to embrace the true meaning of love before it's too late.
"I thought it would be a representation of how most people don't actually love, they just artificially love," said Michael Demaree, the director of Painted Rain, "You don't realize when you do actually love someone."
He also said "Painted Rain" is very different than the comedy "Epic Fail," which he directed for the Thespian Competition last year.
"Most of my student directors never want to do it again as it is quite challenging to be in charge of one's peers as well as all the technical and design elements of the show. Michael really likes the creative process of directing, and I admire his choice of a dramatic piece after directing a comedy last year," said Sando. "Both directors appear to respect their peers and that is critical to create an enjoyable experience for both the cast and the directors."
This is the 18th production Demaree has participated in, and he plans to follow theater as a career choice in the future.
Jordan Sullivan and Nick Angelo will be debuting on the Douglas High School stage in this show.
"(Jordan Sullivan) is the only underclassman involved in this production," said Demaree. "She has been carrying her weight so well. I'm so proud to have her in my cast."
"I have been very impressed with Nick Angelo's work and his willingness to let us drama kids bring him out of his comfort zone," said Torres.
The plays will be judged by local actors and directors. While the judges are contemplating which play will go on to compete at the regional level, Douglas High School's Improv Team, led by Alina Harwood and Kyle Ruscigno, will entertain the audience with games and one-liners in the style of "Whose Line is it Anyway?"
The winning play will go on to compete at the Regional Thespian Competition in Reno Feb. 1.
The competition is put on by the International Thespian Society, which awards membership to active thespians in middle and high school. There are more than 2 million members in more than 3,900 middle and high schools.
Each year the International Thespian Society holds the Thespian Festival, where students compete at regional, state, and eventually international levels in individual events as well as one-act plays.
All the proceeds of the show will go on to send Douglas High School's Thespians to the regional and state competitions.
For more information, contact Sando at 450-8308.
IF YOU GO
What: DHS Drama Club's One-Act Play Festival
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Where: Douglas High School Drama Room (Rm. 101)
Cost: $7 General Admission, $5 Students, Seniors, and presale