UIL One Act Play to showcase for students, faculty tonight and tomorrow

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Seniors Jasmynne Wilson and Danielle McCleave run through their parts in the UIL One-Act Play during rehearsals. (Issac Bivins photo)

Audiences will get a preview of the drama department’s UIL One Act Play “John Lennon and Me” tonight and tomorrow night in the performance hall.

“I honestly think the kids worked really hard and put forth a lot of effort on this play,” director Lucy Russell said. “This was a challenge for them especially with the UIL competition and setting up the stage and everything.”

While the students are they are excited about their first performances they are anxious about their performance later on in the week when they will cast their play in less than 40 minutes Friday March 30 for UIL judging. For some this will be the last big production of the year.

“I really am going to miss being in theater,” senior Jazmyne Wilson said. “Memorizing the lines as the lead act wasn’t as hard as you think. It’s the acting part that’s a challenge.”

Working with a cast mainly full of girls was quite an experience for junior Austin Needham.

“It was fun working with the cast because girls are fun and they just have so much drama going on,” Needham said. “ I’m really glad Mr. Russell came to me for the part.”

After all the drama and practicing, and her familiarity with the play, senior Danielle McCleave said she is looking forward to this play.

“I actually did the same part I’m doing last year, we just cut it down a little for competition,” McCleave said. “Stage fright probably won’t be a concern for me.”

Senior Niesha Birdine said preparing took her beyond just the stage performance.

“I play the part of a nurse and I’ve been really getting into Anatomy to get ready for the part,” Birdine said. “ I want everybody at school to come out and see our play.”

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