Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Beginning Friday evening, West organized four teams, including non-theatre majors. Participants had 24 hours to write, act, stage and design a 10-minute play before a public performance on Saturday night with faculty judges including Toddy Burton, Graeme Bird and Dawn Sarrouf.
The actors were given a theme (rain), a prop (rope), a name (Alex Morrison) and one line ("You guys did a good job") to get them started. All four plays were performed in front of a full house in the Barrington Center for the Arts with awards for Best Use of Line; Best Ensemble; and Best Script.
"This kind of intense and varied work is not something you typically find in a small liberal arts college," said Jeff Miller, professor of theatre arts. "It speaks highly of our students' keen interest in learning and growing as well as taking leadership."
"At least half the audience were people I had never seen in the theatre previously, and many of the participants were students who had not been involved in theatre productions at Gordon before," said West. "It's such a great way to develop skills and build community."