Short, but sweet (and funny and dramatic)
“Third Avenue Playhouse co-artistic director Robert Boles has brought variety to the annual spring stage productions presented by high school students in TAP’s StageKids program, from classic works to modern, controversial dramas.
This year’s production offers the variety all in one fell swoop.
StageKids is presenting this weekend its first One Act Play Festival, a set of four one-act plays by four famous writers directed by Boles.
‘It’s just interesting, the one-act play form,” Boles said. “Any time I’ve seen a one-act festival, they’re all very different shows. Fifteen to 45 minutes, then it’s over and you’re on to something else … every piece has a style, and there are four different styles here … That part was intentional.’‘(There was) no real reason other than just trying to figure out ways to mix things up, do different things for them,’ Boles said. ‘It has the added bonus of being easier to schedule because not all the kids are in all the shows … There are no real drama classes in schools any more, so this is just a chance to open it up to different plays, different playwrights for the students and the audiences who see it.’
Boles said there isn’t any real difference between directing, producing and acting in a short one-act play and a full-length show that runs 90 minutes, two hours or so. He indicated that’s because the basic elements of story still exist in a short work.
‘The process is basically the same, on a smaller scale,” he said. “You’re still dealing with a piece with a beginning, a middle and an end … A well-written play, a well-written short story is complete. I had a professor who used to say a play is as long as it takes to tell the story.'”
To read the full article by Christopher Clough for Key to the Door Weekly click here.
StageKids ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL runs now through April 9 at Third Avenue Playhouse in historic downtown Sturgeon Bay. Shows are Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 7:30 and 2:00 and Sunday at 2:00. To purchase tickets: call 920 743 1760, visit the box office at 234 North Third Avenue (across the street from the theatre) from noon to 5:00, Tuesday through Friday, or click here.