So what exactly is One Act Class? Not many people have heard of the class and when you do hear the name you still don’t know what the class does. We had to ask the students in the class to clarify for us. Christian Loukopoulos talked about the students in the class, “Joining one act means your family is about to get a whole lot bigger! As you will soon find yourself getting to know the people you work with very well and grow close to them, you become a family. And as a family you must work together through thick or thin. Meaning you have to be committed and bring forth your best effort even when things start to get hectic. However don’t worry you will have your parents (Figg and Wayne) to guide you and set you straight on your path to state. If you are able to battle your way to the top from sub district and sectionals, outperforming other schools and improving as you advance you will earn yourselves a spot at state, the final competition. Any way all in all you just work hard, perform a play the best you can and do the job your assigned.”
Ok, still… what does the class even do? John Sellars explained, “We prepare a short one act play, hence the name, and perform it for judges at various schools, progressing as one would for soccer or football, working our way towards state.” Renee Schwarz added, “This year we decided to write our own show called Fall of Orpheus, based off the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. After writing the script we went through a process of casting, blocking and creating. After getting our set and costumes completed we performed for Sub-District, which was at Homestead, then for District at Oshkosh, Sectionals at Neenah, and State which will take place this weekend at Stevens Point.”
Sophia Nelson, what has theatre taught you, specifically with One Act?
I knew One Act was going to be a change in pace and unlike anything I’ve ever done before in theatre or elsewhere. I also knew I was going to be uncomfortable and have to push myself outside my comfort zone. What I wasn’t aware of was how rewarding and metamorphic it would be. Being a part of this class has taught me a lot about my peers and myself. I am so grateful to be surrounded by such talented hard working friends. They have given me an opportunity to take risks and learn in a non-traditional way. Eurydice has shown me how to balance strength and sensitivity and that’s something I could have never learned on my own.
Riley Truttmann, what is the difference between last year and this year’s One Act class?
I was expecting the class to be just like this year. I was wrong, I’ll admit it. Last year we did a traditional acting show and this year we did devised physical theatre. The class as a whole has put so much more work and time into this production. Each member of the cast is invested in the show and wants us to succeed.
Why did you decide to take this class TJ O’Connor?
I am taking this class because I enjoy working in crew, and I like being able to take it as a class. I was happy to find that One Act does not run like a typical class– I enjoy the format of it, and how it allows for greater creativity and collaboration than other classes. I also enjoy more artistic and creative classes, so designing in One Act is interesting to me. Building and improving a show as a group and working over time to perfect a single project is an unusual and exciting format for a class.
What are your thoughts on this year’s One Act class Phillip Zuccaro?
This class is not what I expected it to be…It’s a lot better! I am taking this class, because I am interested in devising original art. This class is one of few places in Homestead High School where I feel as if I’m in a creative environment, surrounded by creative people.
Emma Zander, is this year’s class what you expected since you were in the One Act Class last year as well?
Initially, I was worried for the class this year. We were losing three of our leads from last year. I thought since I had been a part of it last year, I knew the ropes well enough to put in work but not too much. But, wow. I was given a beautiful and loud wake up call by theatre. One would assume that by taking One Act before, the structure would stay about the same- it doesn’t. I have enjoyed the process of creating just as much if not more than I did last year, but it is different. This class is the ultimate showmanship of the magic of high school theatre. Time after time, we have heard judges say this isn’t a high school show and this isn’t high school work. Except, it is. I think with the right amount of training and hard work, any school could pull of the level of show we create. This class doesn’t jam us into a cookie cutter. We play off of the strengths of each of our members and not only use them, but exhaust them. Exhaustion in the best possible way. We use people’s talents in music, lighting, sound, prop-making, costume designing, dancing and acting to create a one-of-a-kind show.