One-Act team anxiously prepares for first performance

Seniors Jackson Hardin, Bethany Tebbe, and Renee Backstrom study their lines during practice. Backstrom plays Lust which pairs to Tebbe’s Helen of Troy character.

Katie Tresler

David City High School students have been practicing in preparation of the first One-Act performance on Thurs. Nov., 9 in the high school activities center at 7:30 p.m.

After the disappointing end to last year’s season, members of the One-Act team are excitedly preparing for this year’s season in hopes of bringing the school to State.

“This year we have a great chance of going to State,” senior Will Heller said. “I want to see everyone doing their best to make the show as good as it can be.”

This year’s play, Doctor Faustus, is much darker than previous ones, with it’s main character selling his soul to the devil in exchange for power and knowledge.

“This year’s play has a darker theme compared to last year’s comedy, so the audience should be more scared or on edge rather than laughing,” One-Act Director Jarod Ockander explained.

With all the hard work everybody on the team has put it, they are confidant that they can win the competitions throughout the year.

“I expect to win it. I think we have a long ways to go, but I think we’ll be very good,” Ockander explained.

With all the great things happening on the team, it’s expected that there will also be a few struggles along the way. There are only two big things the team needs to further work on.

“We have a lot of ensemble parts that rely on the timing and everybody being together,” Ockander stated. “And the other thing is the language used because it was written in 1592.”

Despite all the struggles, the whole team is excited and believes that in no time they will be able to perform flawlessly.

“This year’s team is awesome,” senior Jackson Hardin said. “We have a bunch of talented individuals and wonderful underclassmen involvement.”

Many of the members such as Hardin, Heller, and senior Bethany Tebbe have been in One-Act for four years, and they all have learned so much from their director.

“I don’t think it will be difficult because it’s easy for me to act, and Ockander is a great coach with helping people to act,” Tebbe stated.

No matter the results of the first performance, the team is very supportive and willing to always work to be better.

“I love creating a world that invites people to forget about the real life,” Hardin explained.