Having spent much of her time in high school both acting in plays and working behind the scenes on lighting and sets, Golden High School student Maggie Anderson thought she knew her way around a …
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Having spent much of her time in high school both acting in plays and working behind the scenes on lighting and sets, Golden High School student Maggie Anderson thought she knew her way around a theater.
But none of those experiences prepared her for the challenging of directing her own show, she said.
“It’s a different point of view from acting,” Anderson said of directing. “I have to figure out blocking from the actor’s point of view and work with the actors on how I want it to be as opposed to just saying how I want it to be and expecting it to be there.”
Anderson was one of five Golden High students to try their hand during the one acts, a series of five short shows that were performed at the school over the weekend.
Roger Winn, the director of the school’s theater program, said he introduced the one acts to Golden because he wanted to give a greater range of students the opportunity to participate in theater at a time when the school was no longer offering drama classes.
“For these shows its exciting because we have some new people that this is their first foray into the performing arts in terms of theater,” Winn said. “Some are choir kids but they don’t do theater and now they are kind of like ‘oh, here is this small 10-minute show and I can do a small part in it and get my feet wet without committing to a five weeks of rehearsal for a show.’”
By giving more committed theater students an opportunity to direct, Winn said the shows also give them an opportunity to develop new skills.
“There’s a level of satisfaction because they realize what it is the director does and how much work it is how much they have to think about,” Winn said.
But while the one acts require students to relate to each other in new ways, that opportunity is one both the directors and actors say they enjoy.
“It’s really fun,” said Sydney Hines, one of the performers in the Anderson-directed play Bad Auditions by Bad Actors. “I don’t see it so much as them ordering me around because they are very respectful toward their actors.”
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