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This year, Lindbergh’s theatre group reached many new heights. They kicked off the year with the fall play, Almost, Maine. This was a tale of love, loss, and healing all taking place in the obscure town of Almost, Maine. To liven up the chill of winter, they presented their rendition of the Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a humorous look into the Finally, as tradition goes, they ended off the year with the senior directed one-acts, allowing the seniors that have dedicated their high school years to the thespian troupe to call the shots and put something on the stage.

The senior directed one-acts were encompassed underneath the title Total Eclipse of the Heart. This collection of one acts  featured two lighter comedy acts in the first half, followed by two acts with darker undertones in the second half.

The process of creating the one-acts was not a simple one for the seniors, who tackled the challenge of directing a show all on their own and making it enjoyable for the audience watching. Each of the directors faced a unique task when attempting to put together their show.

“Last year we did ‘The Actor’s Nightmare’ by Christopher Durang. Gracie Kempf directed it, it was hilarious and was a great production. I was looking to do something similar to that, so I scoured the internet and looked at a ton of websites and found a sample of another Durang piece. I watched the act on YouTube, it was funny, and I knew we could do it,” said Evan Garber (12), who directed “Wanda’s Visit”.

“Wanda’s Visit” was one of the darker comedies in the act, which focused on a slightly unexpected run-in with an old high school flame that sparked a rise in an already unhappy marriage.

“Overall, I think it went really well. My cast was so easy to work with, everyone was really receptive of my notes. They knew exactly from the beginning what I wanted to do with the show, so I was really happy with that.” said Garber.

The audience thought so too, as evident from the laughs that kept going all night long.

It wasn’t just the directors that spent time behind the scenes. Many other roles, including stage manager, were very heavily invested in making sure that the one-acts were completed by show night and making sure that each show night went smoothly.

“Watching all of the shows physically progress, I was able to see all of the changes from the beginning to the end and the final product was definitely worth the process. I really enjoyed being a stage manager and we’re super excited for next year’s productions,” assistant stage manager Mary Mazzola (11) said.

Overall, the one-acts were a very exciting production for all involved. The LHS Players will be producing three more shows next year, including the musical Chicago coming winter of 2017!  One can also get involved by stopping by Ms. Winingham’s room to sign up for the fall play at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. 

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