Recap of One Act


Maia Rowland

The Advanced Drama class with One Act Trophy

The Advanced Drama class worked hard on hosting our region’s One Act. With schools like Buford, Habersham-Central, and The School of the Arts, it was definitely a One Act for the books. The day started with Lanier performing the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Throughout the performance, Lanier had a way of including the audience in the show, and for that reason, they had the most audience involvement and were a crowd favorite. A student said, “The slow-mo part was fye. The way Coneybear sneezed on Logan [characters in the show] in slow motion was hilarious.”
Buford followed Lanier with a one-act version of Little Women that showcased their amazing ensemble and vocal skills. The lead, Jo, performed an almost technically perfect version of Astonishing, which is a very difficult song to sing. However, my favorite character was the mom, whom they called Marmee. She had an amazing way of taking the attention of the audience and keeping it.
Another crowd favorite was Habersham-Central’s performance of Ernest and the Pale Moon, a thriller by Edgar Allen Poe. This show had a way of keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. My favorite part was when a girl slowly walked out of the alcove at the side of the stage into the audience like a ghost. As a whole, we were completely silent in the theatre until the end of the show when they received a standing ovation.
At the end of the competition, The School of the Arts or SOTA presented a phenomenal performance of The Night Witches, a play about an all-female group of aviators who were part of the night bomber regimen during World War II. Unfortunately, since SOTA is considered a recruitment school (students who attend that school had to audition to get in and do not live in the school’s district) they were not able to compete. However, they were by far one of the best schools there. Other schools that were present included, Winder-Barrow who put on Radium Girls and had an amazing lead actress, Dacula who performed Tracks, and Shiloh who performed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, whose leads had amazing and unique vocals.
At the end of the day, the awards ceremony took place. For the All-Star cast awards, Jimmy Scott and Ally Copeland were selected. In class the following Monday, Ally shared that when the announcer called her name she looked around thinking, “Who’s that?” Until she realized that they were calling her and ran onstage to accept her award. Jimmy Scott was also the assistant director of the show. He dedicated a lot of his time studying Spelling Bee and all of the characters’ characterization. Which resulted in the judges giving us high scores for characterization. They also wrote that his character, William Barfee, was remarkable. After the show, an audience member imitated Barfee’s song “Magic Foot” and said, “That was my favorite part.” Another student won an award as well; Josh Napier received the award for best supporting male actor. Overall, Lanier placed second for the third year in a row, while Buford placed first, and Habersham-Central placed third.