This past weekend, Southview Theatre members junior Lexi Hough, senior Mikey Ragusa, junior Sena Abernathy, and junior Trevor Warns competed in the 48 Hour Playfest at Springfield High School. Students competing in the Playfest were given a prop, genre, and line of dialogue. From those, they had 48 hours to write, rehearse, and ultimately perform a 10-minute play.
The Southview team was given the musical theatre genre, a turtle shell prop, and “You can’t put pasta under your hat” as dialogue. This led the students to write a short play about two students who signed up for makeovers in hopes of impressing their crush. A triangle ensues, which was ultimately resolved when the girl realizes that the guy for her was the one she never noticed. Drama teacher Brandi Shepard called the result “pretty adorbs.”
It must have been because a judge panel of University of Toledo theatre faculty awarded the team Best Genre and People’s Choice with an invitation to perform again at area Thespian Conference in December. It’s hardly a surprise that Southview walked away with these awards. Ms. Shepard’s drama program has trained these students well both on and off the stage, and in the three years of this competition, Southview has won Best in Show or People’s Choice every year.
That theatrical strength will continue as Southview mounts its fall play production, premiering on October 19th with a second performance on October 21st.