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Freshmen show superhuman skills on stage

Posted By Denebola On November 21, 2007 @ 12:00 am In Arts and Entertainment | Comments Disabled

By Ally Bernstein

A talent agent uses his powers of persuasion to earn his client, a hand-puppet, a job. A flight attendant is dismissed from her airline for abusing the power of compassion by sending unknowing people to more pleasant destinations. A determined woman resists the power of superstition and refuses to indulge her neighbors, who insist that she pass on a chain letter.
These are but a few of the skits which were brought to life by the class of 2011 during SuperHUMAN, a Night of Ten-Minute Plays, which ran from November 15 to November 17.Director and South Stage veteran Julia Pashall graduated from South this past spring, but deferred from college for a year. Although it wasn’t Pashall’s first taste of South theatre, the play still ended up as a life-changing experience for her.

These are but a few of the skits which were brought to life by the class of 2011 during SuperHUMAN, a Night of Ten-Minute Plays, which ran from November 15 to November 17.Director and South Stage veteran Julia Pashall graduated from South this past spring, but deferred from college for a year. Although it wasn’t Pashall’s first taste of South theatre, the play still ended up as a life-changing experience for her.“I now know that I’m majoring in theatre, Pashall said. “I know what I’m going to do.

The first short play delved into the financial problems of the hapless League of Semi-Superheroes, a group of misfits determined to save the world with their own, common powers. The plays that followed were tied together by this common thread, the idea that there is still some power to be found in the ordinary.

Leg models debate morals before auditioning for a pantyhose commercial. Bored office workers struggle to keep themselves entertained, debate killing their boss by helping him overeat, and reflect on lost dreams. An obnoxious woman in a deliriously pink (excuse me, salmon) suit earns her promotion, despite the various disrespects encountered on the way up.

“The thing about this is that Julia trusted the kids so much to give them such large roles in all of the shows, assistant director, junior Emily Weinrebe said. “They clearly rose up to the challenge. Weinrebe shared her assistant directing job with senior Kimmy Wieczner.

A sexist baker sneers at the man that she shares a counter with during the Pillsbury Bake- Off. Pretentious authors criticize everyone in an elitist club, although they secretly only work there A poet-scientist searches for the next message to send to aliens, while his mother concludes that the thing that makes us human is other humans.
The freshmen play has traditionally allowed freshmen a chance to get acquainted with South’s theatre department without the pressure and competition of shows that involve older students. This year in particular, the quality of the play this year was very high. “It really showed the talent of our freshman class, said junior David Broyles. Those involved also enjoyed the experience. “It really opened my eyes to what I can expect in the future, said freshman Max Grossman, “and I loved every moment of it.The walls of the set were papered with comic book pages, but none of the characters were similar to Wonder Woman or Superman. The characters were far more average, but they were still remarkable in their ability to connect with the audience through the human qualities and powers that they portrayed. The class of 2011 has proven itself a worthy heir to the South theatre inheritance. Never fear, South Stage, tomorrow looks bright and the future is in good hands.
“I was never in my freshman show, added Weinrebe, “which I totally regret [now]. I see the way these kids changed so drastically throughout the show, whether they gained confidence or made friends, and they’re already a part of the South Stage community.

The freshmen play has traditionally allowed freshmen a chance to get acquainted with South’s theatre department without the pressure and competition of shows that involve older students. This year in particular, the quality of the play this year was very high.

“It really showed the talent of our freshman class, said junior David Broyles.

Those involved also enjoyed the experience. “It really opened my eyes to what I can expect in the future, said freshman Max Grossman, “and I loved every moment of it.

The walls of the set were papered with comic book pages, but none of the characters were similar to Wonder Woman or Superman. The characters were far more average, but they were still remarkable in their ability to connect with the audience through the human qualities and powers that they portrayed.

The class of 2011 has proven itself a worthy heir to the South theatre inheritance. Never fear, South Stage, tomorrow looks bright and the future is in good hands.

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