From Feb. 8 to 10 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m., the Mercyhurst Theatre program will put on “All in the Timing,” a series of six one-act plays directed by students in the Theatre program.
Rehearsals began on Jan. 15 after auditions took place in November.
Brett Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Theatre program, said in an interview last semester that the six junior and senior Theatre minors who direct the plays were selected after submitting formal applications to him.
Although few had directing experience, they attended a series of workshops throughout the fall semester so they could fill their new roles as directors more comfortably.
These students are: Owen Hitt, junior Information Technology major; Ashley Poletto, senior Theatre Design major; Rosie Pregler, junior Archaeology major; Sarah Krempasky senior Music major; Abigail Larimore, junior Theatre for Education major and Kathryn Schmitt, senior Archaeology major.
Caitlyn Cressley, a Music Education major and one of only three freshmen cast in “All in the Timing,” will appear in “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” as directed by Krempasky.
Cressley writes that she “could not have asked for a better director” in Krempasky, and that Krempasky’s gifts as a director have inspired her cast to feel that they can do anything.
The six one-act plays are all independent, but Cressley suggests that a clever viewer can connect them all.
Poletto is directing “Words Words Words.” It asks what it’s like being one of the monkeys in the age–old experiment seeing if monkeys could reproduce Shakespeare.
“It was an interesting process, working with my actors to create these characters and this story,” said Poletto.
“It was a lot of fun, but also a huge challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing it all together on Thursday,” said Poletto.
She highly encourages everyone to see it this week.
“Everyone involved in the production has done great work, and these one–acts are all really well done and really funny,” said Poletto.
The performances will take place in Taylor Little Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for Mercyhurst students with their IDs.