“Music, Mystery and Magic,” a collection of student-directed one-act plays, will show at the Bagpiper Theater on Wednesday through Friday, April 24–26 at 8 p.m., and on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 at the door; and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
These shows are a culmination of the combined efforts of seniors who have participated in Geneva College Theatre for most of their college careers. The five performances included in the production cover a wide variety of genres and themes.
"The one-act plays are a great way for students to showcase their talents and be part of the college theater in a more personal way" says Kierstan Williams, who is co-directing with her fiancé Joe Grondziowski.
"Our play was written in 1916. Shockingly, it isn't dated very much," states Grondziowski about their show, which focuses on a game between an anthropomorphic Life and Death.
The other student directors are Tiffany Battey, Anna Harris, Margaret Walker and Christopher Strangfeld.
“It’s a unique opportunity, as the students can devote themselves entirely to one scene,” says Harris, who is directing a play that she has personally written. “My play’s theme is imagination. But more specifically, it’s about what courage looks like. Plenty of people look at certain figures as exemplars of courage, but courage can really come from anywhere.”
Senior Micah Taylor will be acting as Harris’ courageous figure—a six-year-old boy who is afraid of a monster hiding in his closet—alongside junior Owen Mathess as his loyal stuffed cow.
Other plays include Battey’s parody of film noir, in which a detective must solve a crime in the 10 minutes remaining in his shift; Walker’s dramatic comedy, which examines social masks through a tea party setting; and Chris Strangfeld’s musical, which is a reimagining of a song from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, complete with a rollicking tavern fight.
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