As the dimming lights silence the talkative crowd seated throughout Studio One, a voice welcomes the audience, gives a lengthy thank you to all the sponsors that helped fund the One Act Festival, and introduces the two individuals who made the night possible. Once the footsteps in the dark still, a burning spotlight settles on the figures of junior Will DeVary and senior Sarah Denison. Together, they provide a general overview of the evening, briefly describing their shows and the actors associated with each, and giving thanks to a handful of contributors. On January 27, 28, and 29, these young directors showcased their skills in directing their own productions of The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder and White Lies by Richard James.
Senior Samantha Mayberry and sophomore Megan Stapp open the first scene.
Junior Chase Bishop feigns hard of hearing while sophomore Megan Stapp explains her donation program.
Sophomores Megan Stapp and Will DeVary discuss donations to the poor and less fortunate.
Sophomore Sam Moore clinks his chains in the afterlife as Scrooge’s late business partner.
Sophomore Sam Moore strangles his cast member, sophomore Will DeVary, during the late hours of the night. “I tried to live up to so many wonderful Scrooge’s that I recall watching with awe as a child,” said DeVary.
Sophomores Isabelle Langford and Will DeVary transport to past Christmases of his.
Sophomores Isabelle Langford and Will DeVary gaze upon Evan Stanfield, playing a young Scrooge. “Will Devary worked so hard on becoming a great Scrooge and it was fun to see his variety of reactions to a variety of scenarios,” said Stanfield.
Senior Julia Verdouw comes to bring her brother sophomore Evan Stanfield home for Christmas.
Senior Will Huston chats about his wife to sophomores Logan McNeeley and Mitchell Lewis. “Everyone in the cast delivered such interesting performances,” said DeVary.
Sophomores Allie Lincoln and Logan McNeeley are kindly welcomed by Vivian Bulleit, playing Mrs. Fezziwig. “I mean sure I can act like someone but can I really be someone. I’ve always struggled with this and I really feel like I connected with all my characters this time,” said Bulleit.
Sophomore Mitchell Lewis and senior Samantha Mayberry dance together at Fezziwig’s Christmas party. “My favorite part of A Christmas Carol was by far the Fezziwig ball,” said Stanfield. “This scene was really fun and full of energy and I didn’t have to worry about lines.”
Sophomore Will DeVary finds himself dancing with his long lost lover, sophomore Allie Lincoln, at Fezziwig’s party.
Sophomore Allie Lincoln delivers a heart wrenching break up to sophomore Logan McNeeley.
Junior Chase Bishop, as Christmas Present, takes sophomore Will DeVary to see the Cratchit family.
The Cratchit family shares a warm laugh together at their Christmas dinner feast. “My favorite scene would have to be the Cratchit Family Christmas, because of just how heartwarming and lovely of a moment it is, to see this family’s selfless love and compassion on display,” said DeVary.
Junior Logan Tuma hosts a Christmas party for his many friends. “I really enjoyed working with this particular set of people because we had so many different levels of experience,” said Bulleit.
Junior Logan Tuma engages his guests in a guessing game at his Christmas party.
Sophomore Will DeVary finds himself alone and lost before being greeted by the spirit of Christmas Future. “I would have to say my favorite character was Scrooge because in all honesty he was one of the best portrayals of such a classic character,” said Bulleit.
Sophomores Allison Verdouw and Sam Moore and senior Samantha Mayberry exchange money for the bed linens for the late Scrooge’s room.
The Cratchit family mourn the loss of Tiny Tim.
Sophomore Will DeVary begs senior Sam Sims, as Christmas Future, to show him a way to alter the visions of the future. “I have always been that person backstage who would never think of been in the lights,” said Sims.
After visiting the three spirits, sophomore Will DeVary has a change of heart and gives sophomore Mitchell Lewis a raise.
Tiny Tim, played by Xander Essex is hoisted onto sophomore Will DeVary’s shoulders as the play draws to a close. “This show has a very special place in my heart for a number of reasons,” said DeVary.
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