“You’re Driving Me Crazy” is a comedy about teenagers who are learning how to drive. It has four scenes, each with its unique storyline and point of view. Some scenes are from the perspective of the teens, parents, and even the driving instructor.
When asked, Ms. Olson, director and head of Holy Family’s theater program, explained her decision to select this play: “I chose the show because I thought both students and adults would relate to it. It moves quickly, which is essential for mini-shows, and it is funny. I think everyone who comes to see it will leave laughing!”
The students who auditioned for the play are embracing the amount of dedication that has to go into the performance and are now beginning to feel the pressure as the date draws nearer.
“I auditioned for the play because it was something different from what I’m used to doing. I’m forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone.” says junior Ronnie Deckard, “I’m very nervous because I play the Grandma. I only have nine lines, most of them are “what,” and I’m probably still going to mess up.”
While several students decided to audition for an acting part in the play, many showed interest in building and painting sets and running sound and lighting as well. Junior Nora Erdman volunteered to help with painting and gave an idea regarding what it will look like: “Since it is a one-act play, we aren’t planning on creating a huge set; it’s mostly a few boxes that we have to paint. We are also planning on making a makeshift car that the actors will sit in during each scene.”
This play will also be performed as a Holy Family’s submission to the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Competition, too. Ms. Olson was able to elaborate on what the competition entails: “The MSHSL One-Act Competition is an event held in the winter every year. All shows are meticulously timed and must be under thirty-five minutes. If your performance goes even one second over, it is disqualified! There can only be twenty students involved in the traveling production, including both actors and tech crew. Your set must be able to be transported to different locations and must deconstruct to fit within a 10’x10’x10’ cubic space. You have ten minutes to construct your set on the host school’s stage before performing, including any technical elements such as lighting and sound. Schools then perform their show for judges and receive feedback and an overall score.”
Nora Erdman also had this to add: “I think that the theater program is becoming a lot more recognized and will continue to grow. With all of the new equipment and resources, there are multiple opportunities for people, which is great! I think more people will get involved because of all the possible roles, and the fact that it is fun to do.”
Preparations will continue over the coming weeks. The public is invited to attend the January 26 performance. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to join the cast and crew for a post-performance reception and closer look at this play’s set and production. RSVP for the reception at http://myschool.hfchs.org/performancersvp.php
Following the MSHSL competition, the theater department will start preparations for the HF’s spring musical production.
Excerpt of orginal HF Phoenix article by Mallory Lindahl ’17
December 21, 2016