Senior One-ActsA fun tradition

Senior One-Acts: one of Ames High School’s most beloved traditions. Every year, a handful of members from the graduating class put together their years of experience in plays, musicals, and school activities such as Speech Club in order to create masterpieces of their own. April 6 and 7, five one-act plays will be presented at the Ames High auditorium, each under the direction of pairs of graduating seniors. Thespian vice-president senior Jon Link has been working hard on his One-Act, “Two Wives and a Deadman.” It is the story of a man who dies after hiding all of his belongings, leaving behind his two wives. Throughout the play, the wives discover their husband’s web of lies, until the surprise ending changes everything. “The One-Act that I am directed with [thespian president, senior] Jennifer Compton is freakin’ hilarious,” Link said. “If you don’t come see it, you will be missing out on all your friends, family, boyfriends, and girlfriends acting.” As Link pointed out, One-Acts are a major time commitment. But when the final product is unveiled to the Ames High audience, it becomes worth the while. “My One-Act is really fun,” Link said. “We’ve worked hard on it, and although it’s been a good time, it has also been stressful.” Compton has also spent countless hours participating in drama at Ames High. With several lead roles in plays and musicals under her belt, she has been hard at work perfecting “Two Wives and a Deadman” alongside Link. Compton said the April performances will be entertaining, featuring the excellent drama talents at the school. “Katie [Orazem] and Supraja [Rajagopolan] fighting is the hottest thing since sliced bread,” she said. “Senior one-acts are the event of the century. Maybe even of the millennium.” Also included in the performances in April are “Brothers,” directed by Chris Simonson and Ann-Charlotte Wade, “Check Please: Take Two,” directed by Lauren Vidimos and Aaron Lott, “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread,” directed by Ethan Forsgren and Jacob Pleasants, and “Gums,” directed by Joe Thien. Each play has its own unique flavor and charm, which comes through by the directors as well as each actor’s own talent. Link encouraged all students and staff to attend one-acts. “For me, this year’s One-Acts have been enriched by creating a tradition these past four years,” Link, the one-act veteran, said. “Just like Christmas, One-Acts come every year. You don’t get presents and you’re not celebrating the same thing, but you can’t wait for it to come.”