The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 11, 2013

Night of One Acts promises lots of laughs

Star Beacon

GENEVA — In the month of April Geneva High School is overflowing with talent. In fact, on April 23 at 7 p.m., GHS students will be presenting their very own talent show. Countless acts will perform for all who wish to attend. Advance tickets are $3 and tickets at the door will be $5.

Michelle Mather, who has organized the talent show for the past six years, said that every year is different but on average there are eight to 15 acts. Students will be receiving information on the talent show today. Students will then create a video and submit it to be evaluated before the decision is made whether or not they may participate.

After submitting a small entry fee, the students will then be ready to perform for their fellow students and everyone else who comes to the show. Abby Williams is hoping to showcase her vocals in this year’s show. “I am looking forward to being a part of a show that is always very popular in our school,” she said.

The talent show is not the only way for GHS students to perform for their peers and community members. A Night of One Acts will be presented April 26 in the school auditorium. The plays will begin at 7 p.m. and all tickets are $5.

Senior Nicole Brunsman, who will be participating in the plays, said, “I think they are going to be very comical and amusing. We still work very hard but One Acts are a great time, it is fun and relaxed. People should definitely come out; they are in for a hoot.”

The first of the three One Acts is “Check Please,” by Jonathan Rand. This play follows a series of blind dinner dates that could not get any worse — until they do. Dating partners include a raging kleptomaniac, grandma’s bridge partner, a mime and many other strange people.

The second play is “The Day Grandma Got Mad and Squashed the Tomatoes,” by Bradley Hayward. Every Sunday, four siblings spend the afternoon with their grandmother. She’s always a little cranky, but on this afternoon, she’s in a particularly rotten mood. Unfortunately, one of the girls has picked this day to bring over her new boyfriend.

Lastly GHS will present “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculation” by Don Zolidis. Two narrators attempt to recreate all 209 of the fairy tales of the brothers Grimm in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza. To make this more difficult, they attempt to combine them into one gigantic fable using familiar stories and more obscure Grimm tales.

More than 40 actors will be cast for these comedic plays. Because these plays do not include singing or dancing, they take up less rehearsal time, and have simple sets; the students look forward to them and their laid-back nature.

Robin Christopher, who is in charge of the event, said, “The three plays for this year are hysterically funny, and one even includes audience participation. It will be a wonderful way to end an incredible year for our theater program.”

Last but not least, on May 3 Geneva High School will hold the junior/senior dinner dance. This year the prom will be held at The Geneva Lodge for the first time. A lot of hard work has been done by the junior class to fund this annual dance. Through candy sales, an electronic raffle and other attempts to raise money, the juniors have reserved the lovely facility.

Music will be provided by NRG DJs and a full dinner menu will be provided for all who attend. The dance begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m. The theme this year is “An Enchanted Beach” and a matching color palette will fill the room thanks to the efforts of junior class sponsor Jessica George and the helpful members of the junior class.

“The juniors have worked hard to send the seniors off with this wonderful gift!” Mrs. George said. “I hope that all the students that attend the prom have a wonderful evening filled with memories to last a long time.”