Capping off the 2015-2016 theater season at Ballard High, the Student-Directed One Acts promise to bring an evening of comedy in varying forms.
The show will return for performances at 7:30 p.m. May 19-21 after running May 12-14.
The short, simply staged productions were, in part, intended to challenge actors and directors to cultivate timing, blocking, and tone of delivery to convey humor.
Attendance at rehearsals reveals they are on track to alternately tickle your funny bone, make you cringe and groan, and make you chuckle as you see yourself and others you know in these characters.
While these plays are not musical productions, the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim come to mind: “Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight!”
Director Izabel Mar will open the evening with her cutting of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” featuring actors Diego Roberts Buceta, Zoe Adamson, and Cora Tipping. In its full length, it is a fast paced romp through all of the Bards plays which ran for nine years on London’s West End. It was written and originally performed by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
Camaira Metz follows with her production of David Ives’ short comedy “Sure Thing,” starring Scotty McKinney and Sophia Rice. This relatable story features a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill, whose conversation is continually reset by the use of a ringing bell, starting over when one of them responds negatively to the other.
Following an intermission, Alex Howell’s treatment of The Scribe’s “Paradox/The Mechanical Rabbit” features a cast of nine led by Helen Maclay. Alex has chosen to add an ensemble of four actors to the original five characters. Their physical actions will reinforce the steady series of laughs in the script. The topics of theater, business and modernization are addressed in this Michael Feingold play.
Aisha Carpenter will close and puts Christopher Durang’s absurdist comedy, “Diversions,” on stage with ten students portraying some of the wackiest characters to grace the BHS stage. When a man is about to jump off a building, a nun tries to stop him. Another character thinks the nun is trying to push the man off and tries to stop the nun. A policeman tries to stop all of them… absurdity will ensue.
All performances are at Ballard High Earl Kelley Center for Performing Arts (1418 NW 65th St). Tickets are $15 for Adults and Students/Seniors are $10. Advance tickets available at showtix4u.com.