Thespians take the lead at One Act Festival

December 22, 2009

By Alex Tucker

Alanna Redine, a senior at Issaquah High School and an actress in a play at the One Act Festival, rehearses with Sarah Meyer, also a senior at IHS and director of a play. By Eric Clark

Alanna Redine, a senior at Issaquah High School and an actress in a play at the One Act Festival, rehearses with Sarah Meyer, also a senior at IHS and director of a play. By Eric Clark

For many high school students, theater is a very influential aspect of their life. The schools in the Issaquah School District have many talented performers, and the Bellevue One Act Festival is an opportunity for them to showcase their talent and dramatic creativity.

The festival is an all-day event at Bellevue College, where high school actors come from around the state to perform one-act plays. The reason this particular drama event is different from other theater festivals is that One Acts are completely student-based.

“One Act performances are entirely student run,” said Issaquah High School Drama Club Vice President Sarah Meyer, a senior. “They are student-directed and acted. Some are even student-written.”

The festival lets students take the lead and unleash their creative genius by directing or performing a short play without adult influences.

A lot goes into putting together a One Act performance.

It “takes about two months, because usually we audition in December and then we go on winter break,” Meyer said. “We have a few rehearsals over break, but it doesn’t really get intense until after break. We mostly rehearse in finals week.”

The festival typically takes place at the end of January. One Acts are popular among drama students, and the festival is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

They are “a tremendous learning experience as an actor and a director,” Meyer said. “The adjudicators give us tips about what we did right and wrong, and we can take that back and apply it to our future theater experiences. Also, we get to see all of the other schools perform, so we can learn from that as well as from the adjudicators.”

Meyer is directing a One Act this year, and she has acted in them in the past.

“This will be my third year going, and I love it,” she said.

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