Students stretch theater skills in Junior One Acts

Dead Week will soon cloak our campus with a haze of anxiety, caffeine and deadlines. If you’re looking to combat some of the stress, consider taking a well-earned study break and heading over to the Black Box Theater, where the Studio 304 class will be exhibiting their Junior One Acts. The class has been around since the late 1980s, when the film and theater departments merged together.

The One Acts are 10-minute short performances written and directed by junior film students. All students in the course participate in the production process, including design, lighting and sound, and they host auditions across campus for acting roles.  This self-sufficient model allows students to develop their narratives and learn how to tell their stories well.

Kirsten Johnson, a student in the class, said one of the best aspects of the One Acts is that they are truly student-run productions: “All the sets are built by students, all the lighting is designed by students, the casting done by students — it’s a great way to test what we are capable of.”

Another student in the class, Caitlin Maldonado, credited Professor Tom Watson as a huge help with getting every aspect of the plays together. “Each act has a weekly production meeting with him to see how the plays are coming,” Maldonado noted, and Watson “is always there to help the students.” She added that the One Acts are “a great chance for us to learn the ins and outs of a theater production,” — not an easy task.

The Junior One Acts will take place on Dec. 6 – 8 in the Black Box Theater. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the cover charge of $8 for students and $10 for non-students will help cover costs for materials used in the production.


Editor’s Note: Portions of this article have been updated to correct certain inaccuracies.