For the first time in school history, Weber students are participating in the renowned GHSA One-Act Play Competition. Limited to a 55-minute performance, the essence of this competition lies not in extravagant sets or costumes but in the power of storytelling. This year, Weber also has the honor of hosting the event.
The competition is intense. Teams cannot prepare for the play before the academic year starts or work on it during school hours. The emphasis is on acting and not technical elements, ensuring the spotlight remains on the performer's skills and the narrative's strength.
The Weber School has chosen to perform Crafting a Killer by Brent Holland. In an exciting collaboration, the playwright and Weber worked hand in hand to adapt this original one-act play specifically for Weber. Crafting a Killer is an intense drama that delves deep into the human psyche, exploring the blurred lines between reality and perception. As the title suggests, it deals with crafting a narrative, creating a 'killer' character, and the complexities surrounding it. The play serves as a mirror to society, raising poignant questions about how stories are formed, who gets to tell them, and how they evolve over time.
The cast includes Lily Allemeier, Tomer Bezalel, Rachel Cozewith, Bram Fages, Milo Medof, Reese Oberkfell, Riley Roseman, Avery Slipakoff, Matthew Steinberg, Arianna Zalik, and Daniella Zalik. Directing the students are Theatre Program Director Brad Bass and Technical Director Scott Leaderman. Assisting behind the scenes are tech crew students Noah Berg, Drew Kaufman, and Sidney Parker.
Capitalizing on the momentum of their GHSA competition performance, The Weber School's Theatre Department will then present A Killer Night of Theatre to the community. Following a performance of Crafting a Killer, students from across Weber’s performing arts classes, Collaborative Dramatic Performance, Dramatic Performance for Short Form Theatre, Dancers Workshop, and Directorial Workshop will present original 10-minute plays, songs, scenes, dances, and monologues showcasing the breadth and depth of their coursework and bringing their unique narratives to life.
Brad Bass, Director of The Weber School's Theatre Department, remarked, "I couldn't be more proud of these students. They dove head-first into the nuances of theater, from the intricacies of casting to the precision and artistry of staging and directing. A Killer Night of Theatre transcends rehearsed acts—it's about genuine application emphasizing real-world skills and comprehensive development. Our students are not merely performers but creators and leaders guiding their projects from conception to realization."
A Killer Night of Theatre, the first community-wide performance in Weber’s new Tzadik Performing Arts Theatre, will be held on November 16, 2023, at 7:00 PM. Purchase tickets here!