For those who don't know Kelly Flanders, she is Thomson High School's drama teacher. Mrs. Flanders took out some time to converse with The Bulldog Bark about the one-act play A Gap in Generations.
A one-act play lasts 35-55 minutes, which includes putting up and taking down the set. Mrs. Flanders' goals for one act included improving acting skills, developing a troupe (a group of touring actors, singers, or dancers), and having fun. She chose this particular play because it is Commedia Dell'Arte, an Italian form of comedy.
The competitions were held on the Nov. 2 and Nov. 5 at Georgia Southern University. She said the performance was "wildly successful."
Mrs. Flanders plans to continue one act next year in addition to starting a series of Japanese plays. The Competitive Drama class presented the play to the Thomson community on Oct. 26. Numerous students were in attendance.
Rebecca Heacock, an attendee, said of the play, "I enjoyed it immensely."
The following students participated or contributed in one act this year:
Terrence Turman, Courtney Morey, Kimberly Lansdell, Rafeal Britt, Antionette Ellison, Crystal Aldred, Alana Long, Terrell Wilburn, Katelyn Reeves, Elizabeth Welch,Kendria Lane, Albert Rocha,Edward Leung, Kayce Collins, Casey Luke, Quin Lee, Jessica Bond, Kyle Wilson, Michael Paul, Constance Ballard, Alana Long, and Helen Hill.
These students also practiced for 2‡-4 hours every day, excluding the weekend.
Out of all these talented students at Thomson High, there was one student in particular that received an award. Rafeal Britt was chosen for the All Star Cast Award. This award is for the best actor throughout the play.
When asked what were his first reactions when he first received the award, he said, "It gave me great comfort to know that my hard work had paid off. It gave me confidence that I can act beyond high school."
Rafeal's character in One Act was Pantalone.
"Pantalone was a very funny and a very flirtatious character," stated Britt.
Rafeal commended his fellow classmates by saying that they have done a great job, and they should be proud of themselves. He also added in his opinion that the play was very successful, which made him pleased as a classmate.
When asked does he plan to continue acting, Rafeal said, "Yes! Most definitely!"
Mrs. Flanders also added, "It has been a pleasure working with this class!"
Students interested in becoming a member of the Competition Drama class are invited to audition in January.