The Warrenton High School theater department in Missouri is producing four one-act plays for members of the Warren County public to attend.
Audiences will be able to enjoy two evenings of one-act plays chosen and directed by Warrenton High School theater upperclassmen. On Thursday, Nov. 2, catch comedies “Kissing Scene” and “So You Want to be a Cheerleader.” On Friday, Nov. 3, on a more serious note, enjoy thriller “Hecate Hill” and a more introspective script about teenage anxieties called “Selfie.”
“Kissing Scene,” directed by Alexandra Chandler and Olivia Nave, pits two college students who hate each other in a romantic comedy. Directors say by the end of the show, the audience may question whether the couple care for each other or not.
Also playing Thursday evening is “So You Want to Be a Cheerleader,” directed by Danielle Perry and Karlie Wilkerson, both seniors.
Perry said the WHS cheerleaders are looking for one more team member in order to enter a competition but they are struggling to find the right fit.
“A bunch of wacky people show up,” said Wilkerson. “There’s a football jock, a mother, a few dorks and a gorilla.”
Perry said she and Wilkerson have enjoyed directing, saying it is a much different experience than acting, and cultivates a different kind of relationship with the cast.
“Hecate Hill” sets the scene for a more serious night of drama Friday evening. Directors Noah Agler and Conner Patterson said they looked long and hard for a different kind of show. A biker gang and other friends find themselves isolated in Bigfoot country.
“This play leaves the audience guessing,” said Agler. “That’s why it’s different. Distrust is created among the characters and no one knows what is really going on.”
“Blink and you’ll miss it,” said Patterson. “It’s that kind of show.”
Freshman Daniel Sanders said he is learning a lot in his first high school show under the direction of Agler and Patterson, including backstage skills and the technology used during a theater production.
“Selfies” is a thought-provoking play about what teenagers go through at school. Senior Bella Kurtz and junior Miakoda Rhodes share the director position.
“This is not traditional,” said Rhodes. “It’s a perspective of how teenagers feel at school. How they are on their phones, pressure to do well on the SAT, fighting with classmates, fighting leukemia or looking for a soulmate.”
“Parents don’t see what happens at school and what it’s like,” said Kurtz.
Rhodes said there is a big diversity between each character in “Selfies,” causing a lot of emotion.
Drama teacher Alexandra Simons said the one-act plays help the upperclassmen learn how to lead and gives freshman a good way to learn many aspects of theater as they begin their theater experience at Warrenton High School.
All shows will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.