The vast range of theatrical talent possessed by Ross Upper School students was on display on November 14 as this year’s One-Act Play Festival, You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get!, opened in the Court Theater. Comprising 15 plays and one monologue performed by various combinations of the 28 students, the festival featured something for everyone.
Performing Arts teacher and director Gerard Doyle began the evening by introducing two plays written and co-directed by Lara Fayyaz, a former Ross student who now attends Southampton High. Several of the brief plays that followed, including two authored by Shel Silverstein, were comical, with actors throwing themselves to the ground, tossing around props, and evoking guffaws from the audience. Others were more serious in tone, addressing issues of unrequited love, global misunderstandings, and the wish for a different type of life. In addition, Amili Targownik, ’15, presented a moving monologue that shared a piece of her childhood. Gerard and the students pulled all of the pieces together into a riveting performance that took the audience on an emotional—and thoroughly entertaining—journey.
The One-Act Plays will be performed again on November 15 and 16 at 7pm in the Court Theater. Tickets are priced at $15 ($10 for students and seniors). Don’t miss this collection of amazing performances—and for heaven’s sake, whatever else you do, no skronking!