BHSU theater Sudden Impact performances set for the weekend

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, March 24, 2015/Categories: 2015








           The Black Hills State University theater department will perform a series of short, 10-minute plays on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pangburn Theatre. Called "Sudden Impact," the plays are written by BHSU creative writing students and directed and performed by a multitude of actors from across campus.  



The Black Hills State University theater and English departments are teaming up for "Sudden Impact," a theater production where actors, directors and playwrights are given less than 24 hours to produce an on-stage performance.

"Sudden Impact," a series of 10-minute plays, written, directed and performed by BHSU students, is on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Pangburn Theater on the BHSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

"&lsquoSudden Impact&rsquo is just fun," said Nick Nettle, speech communication major from Rapid City. "The performances show the public, and students, how fun it is to be active in writing and acting. It&rsquos a learning experience for everyone with a lot of laughter and excitement."

Students interested in participating in "Sudden Impact" can report to Pangburn Theatre at 4 p.m. Friday, March 27. Students will be randomly paired with a director and a script. Each group will then have until performance time on Saturday to rehearse. The acting and directing positions are open to all students on campus.

Each script was written by BHSU creative writing students.

"Students get to watch plays they&rsquove written come to life on the stage, which is almost a magic thing to see," said Kent Meyers, professor of English at BHSU.

Josh Dolieslager, biology and English major from Hull, Iowa, wrote a short comedy about a fictional character named Ben and his attempts to ask a young woman on a date. Dolieslager said he drew inspiration from the famous novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" for his screenplay.

"I don&rsquot typically write comedy, but it was fun to delve into a different sort of genre and learn how different a story works by using witty banter rather than dramatic monologue," he said.

"It&rsquos real life learning," Meyers said. "If a piece of dialogue is stiff, it will be obvious during rehearsal in a way that may be difficult to see or hear on the page. If it really works and is lively and right, it sparks and ignites on stage in a way it won&rsquot on the page."

Nettle, who plans to direct one of the skits during "Sudden Impact," said the production allows students to learn how to interact with one another.

"It makes me a more rounded actor when I interact and work with other actors who have different styles than mine," he said. "It makes you morph and build a partnership with one another."

"Sudden Impact" is one of the final performances by the BHSU theater department this season. The theater closes out its regular season with "Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them" April 9-11.  

The One Act Play Festival is April 27-May2. Auditions for the festival are at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in Woodburn Theatre.

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