by Megan Schoonover/Staff Writer
Photo Caption: Peyton Bousman, 12, does Abigail Martin’s hair for the “Mouth of Babes” One Act.
Despite the name One Acts has 4 separate acts all taking place at one show. The acts are, “Mouth of Babes”, “When God Comes for Breakfast, Don’t Burn the Toast”, “Superhero Sanitarium”, and “Just Desserts”. Every act has its own separate actors, directors, set, and story. However, every show that’s a part of One Acts is a comedy.
Mina Dobbins, 10, who is an actor for “Mouth of Babes”, explained, “I like how each show is different. Now that sounds like an obvious answer, but I find it very interesting to hear about what my friends and classmates are working on when I’m not a part of it.”
The “Mouth of Babes” is one of the shows in One Acts. This act is about two little boys and a little girl who are at a daycare and are plotting to overthrow the monitor. One may wonder how teenagers could pull off being toddlers but this act appears to pull it off. The main character (a 6 year old boy) is played by Mina Dobbins.
Dobbins, 10, stated, “Well, my character is a 6 year old boy, and I’m a 15 year old girl, so there are obviously differences between my character and I. I assume I can relate to him in the way that the other characters seem to think he’s irrational, which I get a lot.”
Elaine Hilton, 11, director for Mouth of Babes, said in regards to what she likes to focus on when directing, “When working with my actors I like to help them understand why their characters say and do what they do. This allows the actors to play the roles to the best of their ability.”
The second show is “When God Comes for Breakfast, Don’t Burn the Toast”. In this show it is a normal occurrence for God to come to breakfast sometimes. However, things keep going wrong because the wife keeps burning the toast. But in the end things aren’t always what they seem.
Hayden Botorff, 11, plays Harry Katzman in this act. “What I like most about my show compared to other ones is that the cast is only 3 people, so bonding and connecting is a lot easier, although getting in the way of productivity.”
The third show is “Superhero Sanitarium”. In this act a journalist investigates happenings at an asylum where four mentally disabled men claim to be superheros.
Cameron Going, 12, who plays Dimbulb in this act, said, “What I like most about my show is the overall goofiness of its plot. I am a goofy person at heart so I relate to it more. This show is one of the most ridiculous shows I’ve ever done. Some of the things we say and do in this show are so far in left field that I don’t think I’ve ever done I another show before.”
Due to the men claiming to be superheroes, they wear bright, colorful and interesting costumes.
Dharma Tilley, 12, who’s in charge of costumes, said, “The shows are all present day so the costumes fairly came easily. However, each show has its own style. For example, “From the Mouths of Babes” and “Just Desserts” have costumes that reflect the different personalities of each of the characters, in “When God Comes to Breakfast, Don’t Burn the Toast” the characters are wearing pajamas most of the time, and “Superhero Sanitarium” consists of colorful tights, capes, and masks.”
Tilley, 12, recalled, “During shows I’m mostly just nervous about a costume piece getting ruined in some way and having to find a replacement in the dark. Once an actor’s shoe broke during a show and I had to hot glue it back together as fast as possible so he didn’t miss his next entrance.”
The last act is “Just Desserts”, and is about a crazy family. In the words of the program for One Acts “Just Desserts”, “Where there’s a will, there’s a relative. This was never truer than in the case of the late Desmond Clairborn. And greed was never better represented than in the relatives of the deceased. There’s a fast-talking nephew, a demented son and his Marilyn Monroe look-alike wife, a starchild niece and two sisters, one feisty, the other senile. This farce has more twists than a pretzel, and half the fun is watching who gets what and the other half is watching them get it.”
Madison Sample, 10, who plays Delphine Delago in this act, comments, “I love all of the quirky characters in “Just Desserts”. The other cast just do such an amazing job playing their parts and I hope it will be super fun to watch. Every single character is so awful that it’s comical. For example, my character, Delphine Delago, is the worst grandma in the world. She is just so uptight and rude, it’s such a fun part to play.”
Jordan Brickler, 12, who is the director for “Just Desserts”, explained her favorite things about directing. “My favorite part about directing is creating something from nothing. All a script is, is words. You’re the one who makes it into something. You choose the actors, set, props, makeup, hair, etc.”
Every single act of One Acts was executed without a hiccup. One can tell how hard everyone works and how much work they’ve put into the entire thing.
Sample, 10, said, “I love One Acts because it is just kind of a mess. At the beginning of the show you have no idea how this show is going to come together. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, you are an old lady sitting in your deceased brother’s living room with a cigarette in one hand and a bourbon glass in the other. I think it is amazing how the crew can create these awesome sets, how costume and makeup and hair can make you look like your character, and how everyone in the booth can provide flawless sound and lighting. I just love how every member of the crew and the cast work together to make something worth going to see.”