After Encore!’s successful spring shows, Encore! was ready to start their Senior One Act shows. There were a total of nine seniors who were ready to start directing their own show for a change compared to acting in the shows. These one act performances were on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. There were a total of 5 shows: “Apostrophe’s”, “Howard Does his Best”, “This is a Test”, “A Touch of Evil”, and “What’s New at the Zoo?” Senior directed One Acts are Encore!’s way to end the 2018-2019 show season as a way for seniors to commemorate their commitment with Encore!
This is a Test
Directed by Andrew (Andy) Taylor and Kamrin Gustave. Technical director was Leah Minsky. This is a Test is about a boy named, Alan, who, as the title suggests, has to take a test. The only thing with this test is that as he goes through each of the questions it get weirder and weirder. Throughout the show, his classmates start doing random things that distract Alan from taking his test and the test even starts poking fun at Alan himself. “I’ve been anticipating [Senior One Acts] since my freshman year… Being able to pass on the lessons I’ve learned as an actor to new people and my fellow actors has been one of the best experiences I’ve had so far and I’m so proud of how it turned out,” said Gustave.
What’s New at the Zoo?
Directed by Jake Gately. Technical director was Natalie (Nattie) Kim. What’s New at the Zoo is about a scientist who experiments on an ape and turns her into a human. He then decides to pull a prank on his sister and dinner guests and makes his new assistant pretend to be an ape. Towards the end, he reveals that the ape is his assistant and the human was the actual ape.
Directed by Emmah Pirie and Kaylee Staral. Technical director was Liyana (Lina) Ishamuddin.
Apostrophe’s is a comedy that involves some audience participation throughout the show. The show focuses on how apostrophes are ruining the world and how in fact, apostrophes represent peoples’ subconscious desire to belong. In a chaotic turn around, the narrator and the teacher help pair up students so they are no longer alone.
Howard Does His Best
Directed by Sean Lambie and Allison (Alli) Hacker. Technical director was Aaron Greenberg. Howard Does His Best is about an awkward boy named Howard at a school dance in a high school. Howard really wants to dance with the most beautiful girl in the school, Chardonnay, but he doesn’t think that he will be able to because he’s one of the nerds in school. At the end, Howard ends up dancing with her, but her ex-boyfriend punches him, leaving him with a bruised eye. All the while, the show takes a look into Howard’s mind as an army boot camp and finds comedic relief in each of Howard’s body parts as they build up the courage to ask out Chardonnay. “It’s [going to] be hard to say goodbye to [theater], something I have devoted so much of my life to throughout high school,” said Lambie.
A Touch of Evil
Directed by Ian Cummisford and Nicholas (Nicko) Netz. Technical director was Sean Eckhart. A Touch of Evil is about a man named Winton, who wants to be successful and the devil who wants to tempt him with success. When one of his rivals comes over bragging all about their success, he realizes that the devil was just tricking them. It’s a comedic back and forth play between a foolish scheme and a desire for success. At the end, he doesn’t accept the devil’s offer of making him successful.