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Micah Patt'17

Micah Patt'17

Alexandra Drake'20, Staff Writer

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This past week, Peddie’s theater department was proud to present its annual event, the performance of the Honors Theater’s One-Act Series. This year’s series featured ten performances by twelve seniors — Emily Wagner, Alex Deland, Julianne Wenc, Nicholas Massenburg, Thuy (Peter) Le, Joseph (JT) Piesco, Natalie Cappuzzo, Henry (Harry) Mooney, Marissa Michaels, Micah Patt, Gabriella Chinea, and John (JR) Haines. They took place in the black box theater, complete with props, lighting and sound. The technical team was composed of Nikhil Dighe ’19, Christina Liang ’20, Bryanna Mendez ’20, and William Wikoff ’18. The series officially ran from Thursday, April 27, until Saturday, April 29; it was also open to viewers for its final dress rehearsal on Wednesday of the same week.

Acts were roughly ten minutes in duration, and ranged between several different genres and subjects, such as “Duet for Bear and Dog,” a comic dialogue between the two animals as the surrounding humans try to rescue the bear out of the tree, and “Airborne,” a private’s lasts words to her superior as she falls to her death.

Almost all pieces selected are written by those outside the class. However, this year’s series also displayed a scene by Mooney, who also participated in the class. “It’s Up to You,” directed by Cappuzzo and acted by Haines and Piesco, examined “ledge talk” turned on its head, as a suicidal man found himself counselled into jumping by a passerby..

Audience member Jane Richardson ’19 gave a particularly favorable impression of it. “[The actors were] really talented…it was fun to see all the work that they put in.” She also held this same praise for the final scene, “The End,” in which a set of friends are torn apart by rivalry to survive an upcoming asteroid landing. The scene ends with a major plot twist, finishing the showcase spectacularly.

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