Theater prepares for one act

"Love/Sick" allows students to learn about relationships


Jane Pupeza

Freshman Wes Anderson and sophomore Caroline Butler practice a scene to prep for the one-act. The one-act will be performed at 7 p.m. Jan. 17-18 as well as Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the High School Auditorium.

Abigail Prestholdt

According to theater director Jodi Schifsky, this year’s one-act will bring many emotions to the audience through the differing relationship stories it tells. 

“It is unique because it’s all two-person scenes, it is a collection of nine two-person scenes, all about love, whether it’s the joy of finding love, the pain of losing love or something in between.” 

This year’s annual one-act will be “Love/Sick”, a play weaving around different relationships and their ups and downs. 

According to junior Phoebe McKinney, this one-act is different from Parks musicals because of the smaller amount of people allowed to perform in the play. 

“We take (the play) to competitions and there’s a limit to how many people you can actually have on stage and backstage. I think it’s 20 people including the crew so it’s definitely more selective in terms of the cast,” McKinney said. 

According to junior Issac Scott, the play provides many different interpretations of relationships and their problems but all have an underlying theme that Park students have been able to learn from. 

“Relationships come in all different shapes and sizes, a lot of people have problems and I think communication is the biggest key in relationships after seeing all these people,” Scott said. 

According to Schifsky, the students have spent many hours practicing after school to prepare for the shows.

“I think they’re very well prepared, but there’s always room for growth in this last week when we bring together the technical elements with everything else that we’ve already been working on,” Schifsky said. 

Mckinney said students have been able to learn about relationships through the stories and characters they are playing. 

“I see healthy relationships around me all the time but this play (deals with) adulthood and long term relationships,” McKinney said.

Scott said all the scenes seem at first to be unconnected, but as more information is revealed, the audience is led to realize all the stories connected. 

“All the shows tie together at the end and kind of having that mind-blowing experience (realizing) this is what they all have to do with each other is probably my favorite part,” Scott said. 

The one-act will be performed 7 p.m. Jan 17-18 as well as 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Park’s auditorium.