On the 14th of June Burnside High School held its second annual One Act Play festival at the Aurora Centre – a night of five short plays consisting of just one act, directed by six talented year thirteen students. The plays: Big Bad and Little Red, directed by Georgia Ward; Next! Directed by Anastasia Kohler; Hamlet directed by Tom Vassar; The Crime Done in Rhyme, directed by Tori Hackett and Sara Westwood; and The Generation Game, directed by Larissa Hinman were received with great enthusiasm and it looked as though the audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves. As a member of Georgia’s cast, playing the part of the Big Bad wolf, I had such a great time and was so sad when it was over. It was a fantastic event and a great opportunity to meet new people and make many new friends from all different year groups.
The audition process took place on Monday 25th of March, where all who were interested in taking part had to go to the Aurora Centre with a one minute prepared piece so the directors could get an impression of what you were like. After this had taken place the directors discussed among themselves which actors they would like to have in their plays, then notified the people they wanted, issuing parts and scripts, and then the real festival began… We spent at least six weeks prior to the show learning our lines and rehearsing our plays before the big night, which was a very hectic schedule. It was a stressful time as many people were busy with other commitments and many rehearsals were scarce of people. However, these rehearsals were still enjoyable, as the actors got to know each other well. Our play experienced some difficulty halfway through when we had to find a new Lumber Jack, but this was overcome without too much trouble and our new Lumber Jack, played by Tannock Blair, fell easily into place with our cast.
The festival was a big job for all the directors who had to organise every single rehearsal, costumes, and props, but they all did an awesome job and worked really hard to pull off fantastic performances. All the plays had one big dress rehearsal the night before the performance where we ran through the entire show in full costume for the first time, it was great to see how it all came together. With our play starting first, we were able to sit in the audience after we had performed to watch the other plays. It was great to see the awesome talents of the other actors like those in the play Next!, most of which was improvised and was hilarious, and satisfying to see the work of our fellow students finally get showcased.
The One Act play festival is an annual event and is open to all students at Burnside. So if you want to be part of a terrific event, take on a challenge, and make new friends, take part next year in what will certainly be another great festival!