It promises to be a night full of test anxiety, the battle of the sexes and Zombies as Sterling High School presents their spring theatre offering – A Night of Comic One-Acts next Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29. Over 30 Sterling High School students will be featured in the cast of three one-acts including many freshmen new to the Sterling stage as well as theatre veterans. Curtain time for the comedies will be 7:30 p.m. in the Sterling High School Theatre.
Sterling College Theatre graduate Kacie Hastings is directing two of the comedies while Sterling High School junior Cameron Fair will direct the third. Sterling High Theatre instructor Betsy Dutton explains this year’s spring offering, “It’s exciting and good for the students to have a variety of directors to work with for their theatre experiences at the high school. Kacie is certainly a veteran director having directed the last two years at Little River High School. It’s unusual to have the other director be an actual high school student but Cameron actually wrote the one-act he is directing and he’s certainly a veteran performer having been in several high school and even a community theatre production.”
Cameron Fair’s show which he co-wrote with former Sterling High student Rachel Vessey and is directing is “Man Laws.” The original play is subtitled “A Primer for Females Regarding How Men Think.” His cast will feature as the men: Ian Stephens, Jessy Marceline, Luke Schweizer, Brian Walker and Chris Bell. The three women in the show will be Sierra Emery, Jamie Dechant, and Tori McManus.
Hastings will be directing two of the one-acts: “The Driver’s Test” and “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,” both by prolific contemporary comic playwright Don Zolidis. The description of “The Driver’s Test” reads: “As if learning to drive isn’t stressful enough, Gail has the luck to have a lonely, passive-aggressive driving instructor who just wants to be her friend.” Maddie Wagley will play Gail with Jessica Ricker as the needy driving instructor.
Riding the wave of the current craze of Zombie-themed movies and TV shows, the final one-act is “a helpful primer about what to do should you be faced with the end of the world AND a zombie-ridden landscape.” Featured in the cast of “10 Ways” will be Max Fulbright and Sydney Wilson as the narrators with Sophia McNutt, Destiny Nickerson, Brian Walker, Will Dutton, Jody Gunther, Niki Dowell, Steven Hinshaw, Brayden Hosman, Kaci Wilson and Bethany Anderson as the young people of the zombie infested town. Feature as zombies will be Micah Watney, Scott Dellinger along with Zombie Dancers Chelsey Riffel, Rachel Carter, Alex Kuntz, Christina Silva, Taryn Gillespie, Dallas Lackey and Lexi Rose.
The total running time of all three one-acts will be under 90 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and will be available at the door before each performance.