At 3:30 on Friday, December 8th three playwriting prompts were chosen by Waynflete theatre students and were sent out by email to eager student playwrights from four other schools. The 24 hour theatre festival had begun.
With the following prompts twelve new plays were born:
NOT the Soviet Union
The collected works of Shakespeare
Line of dialogue:
Why is there a tube in here? Things just show up here!
I didn’t have anything to do with it.
The next morning 41 actors, playwrights and directors from Waynflete, Morse, Cheverus, Casco Bay and Portland High School arrived in the Franklin theatre to share a great day of improv, creative problem solving, pizza and most importantly putting 12 new plays on their feet. The plays were performed later that afternoon for an incredibly supportive audience made up of family, friends and the actors and playwrights themselves. Each cast was a mix of students from different schools that had met for the first time that day. It was amazing to see how may different ways these prompts were interpreted. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.
“Playing the role of a cucumber-tormented young man was a great opportunity that I doubt I will ever have again.”
Bodhi Small, ’18
“I really liked the improv games and the kids from the different schools were amazing! I also enjoyed the freedom to write your own story.”
Maren Wold, ’20