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Student directors present evening of one-act plays

The public is invited to see the work of four Bethel College student directors in a night of one-act plays. The production is May 11 starting at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

It is free and open to the public, although due to strong language and adult themes, the performance is recommended for mature audiences only.

The four student directors, all part of the Theater Production and Direction class, are Logan Hughes, senior from Marana, Arizona, Kate Jolliff, senior from Newton, Lyric Martin, junior from Hutchinson, and Kobi Russom, junior from Iowa City.

Jolliff chose You’re Invited by Darren Canady. “This show is a comedy about a toddler’s birthday party being derailed by one of the other kids peeing on the birthday cake and the resulting bickering and fighting that ensues when the parents go inside to clean up the mess,” Jolliff said.

However, while the play is funny, it does have a broader message, Jolliff said.

“I would like the audience to think about the things that we as people argue about that are so useless. We spend so much time bickering over small things and getting offended at every word a lot of times about things that hardly affect us and this play helps shed some light and provide an example as to why that kind of behavior is so unnecessary.”

Martin is directing Fly, Baby by Gina Femia, which she believes has a strong moral as well, one she hopes will be conveyed to the audience.

“My play is mainly about belief and change,” she said. “Hopefully [people will get out of it] that things and people change no matter what our belief is.”

In the Theater Production and Direction, students study the basics of directing a stage show. The evening of one-acts is an opportunity to put into practice what they learned in the classroom.

Both Martin and Jolliff wanted to do a one-act in order to get the director’s perspective.

Martin said, “I thought it would extremely interesting to see things from a director’s standpoint,” and Jolliff echoed her: “I wanted to learn more about the art of directing.”

Jolliff does have some previous experience. She continued, “ I co-directed a one-act in high school and wanted to direct again to see how my style had changed.”

The other two one-acts are March Madness – Shhhhhh! by Jules Tasca, directed by Russom, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Lynne Bolen, directed by Hughes.

Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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by Sam Bertholf

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