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Segerstrom Drama performs Evening of One Acts

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Segerstrom Drama rehearses lines for their upcoming performances of one-acts.

Today, Segerstrom’s Drama department is hosting its “Evening of One Acts” in the theater. Tickets are five dollars and can be purchased at the door. The play is designed to tell a story with a limited amount of scenes, props, costumes, and time. The two acts presented will be “Anonymous” and “Chicken. Road.”, which estimate forty to sixty minutes each.

The beginning act is “Anonymous” by Allison Green, which is about a girl who is trying to fit into a new school, but there are numerous challenges against her to become a social and happy person.

“Is about how a new girl experiences how she’s feeling at a new school and her going throughout their day. But they have a secret and then [meet] new friends.” Actor Ashley Rodriguez (12) remarked.  “They should be open to new people, and newcomers. And even if they have secrets, to accept who they are.”

The cast can be confusing based on the names of the characters; you, her, she, they, etc. But Ashley portrays the theme that this performance represents everyone, and people should be kind to each other. They want to advocate that it’s important to reach out to others, and the second act brings more attention to this theme. 

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The second act is “Chicken. Road.” by Lindsay Price. It has a heavier theme that regards the topic of suicide. There is a cast of students that react to the person’s death, especially because he didn’t show any morbid signs. 

“Chicken. Road. explores a group of teenagers dealing with the aftermath of a friend’s suicide after he didn’t leave a suicide note,” actor Rose Ayala (12) explains. “And all of them explore their different levels of grief or their different levels of understanding. Not only who he was but how he felt on the inside. From people who knew him very well as kids to people who sat next to him in class.”

In this performance, Rose Ayala’s character does a passionate monologue regarding the fictional student. Rose also provided the message and the theme of the performance. It all regards one question that applies to the story at heart. “Why did the chicken cross the road? No, there is no answer. There is no reason why he killed himself. He was messed up on the inside in a sort of way that was the only option.” While it is challenging to fully comprehend the message, the performance conveys a strong purpose. They want the audience to understand the impact of such a tragedy on so many people. The cast is hopeful that the school understands the positive messages that these performances are empowering.

“I have full faith in the kids, tech, and performers that they will pull together and put on a great show for our audiences. This is my sort of way of sending love out into the world. And hopefully, those who see it, and those in our crew, take that with them as well,” Segerstrom Drama teacher Sarah Owens comments. “I really hope that Segerstrom students take the idea of supporting each other, promoting each other, and lifting each other up. Instead of looking for opportunities to drag people down.”

The drama department hopes that their previews and promotions encourage more people to watch these acts. An Evening of One Acts is only available on November 8th and 9th after school. If you miss the opportunity to watch any of the acts, make sure to look out for the spring musical, as “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be the next drama production.

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    Tzeitel HerreraDec 22, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    The article did a very good job describing both acts for Drama Club. The article was also well put together.

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    Valeria PlancarteDec 21, 2023 at 9:13 am

    I like this story because it informs people about drama events and I think they are important!

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    MelanieDec 21, 2023 at 9:01 am

    You did a great job at describing what the two plays are about. This should really get people to want to watch the play now that they have a better understanding about the plays.

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    Valeria FloresDec 21, 2023 at 8:57 am

    This article explains both plays really well. The students are very talented.

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    Antonio ReyesDec 21, 2023 at 8:50 am

    I found this article very interesting to see the drama department tell us about their motive.

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    Natalie RamosDec 20, 2023 at 11:44 am

    I appreciated how you explained each of the stories and what exactly they are all about, speaking during previews they were a bit confusing to understand the plots!

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    Bellasophia PadronDec 20, 2023 at 11:43 am

    I like that this article explains what the play is about. How it’s written to explain the plot and the conflict within those characters. I also like how you got the actors to explain in their own words what the play is about as it can give more information about what the play is. Overall I love the writing and how it is explained.

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    mayahDec 20, 2023 at 11:39 am

    This is really well-written and clear! Great job, I had no clue what the play was supposed to portray before I read this article.

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    nataly macuilDec 20, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I really like how they explained the plays. I watched the plays in person and didn’t get what it was meant to symbolize until I read this article. I liked it when they cleared up the fact that the second play was about a “group of teenagers dealing with the aftermath of a friend’s suicide after he didn’t leave a suicide note,”

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    FernieDec 20, 2023 at 11:23 am

    oh my gosh! this is cool! i love the picture it really shows how hard the theater works in making these acts!

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    Diana GutierrezDec 20, 2023 at 11:23 am

    The acts portray important messages.

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