The Rubicon

Senior directors enjoy creative freedom of one-acts

Senior Henry Cheney introduces his One Act. This was Cheney's first year participating in the One Acts. “I felt like a camp counselor. I was happy that my actors listened to me,” Cheney said.
February 7, 2020
From directing to experimenting with having three additional characters, the annual one-acts that happened last Friday were full of new experiences for students who directed them. 

“Sorry, Wrong Number” builds suspense, bonding

“We had a great cast of almost entirely underclassmen who I don’t otherwise see,” senior Tess Hick said, “I liked getting to work with people I don’t usually get to work with. It was really good to hang out with them and take a leadership role.”
February 17, 2018
Senior Noa Carlson said her favorite part of the directing process was selecting bonding activities for the cast.

“Peter/Wendy” offers a fresh, more chilling child’s story

US Theater director Eric Severson learned about Peter/Wendy through Maggie Vliestra (‘16) who was in a summer program production of it at Northwestern and her director was friends with the playwright. “The playwright came and talked to them, and she told me one of the big notes that the playwright gave to the cast was to “remember to talk to your audience like they are adults. This is not a kids show, per se. The story is something we all remember from our childhood but remember to treat your audience like the intelligent adults they are” and that has really stuck with me.”
February 17, 2018
The Peter/Wendy script came to US theater director Eric Severson through alumnae Maggie Vlietstra ('16) who was in a summer production of it at Northwestern.

“Our Place” lets Shrestha bring her ideas to life

Telling the tales of people who share a place in common, Terry Gabbard’s “Our Place” was directed by senior Maya Shrestha.
February 17, 2018
A single director takes on a one-act with four stories.

Peter/Wendy earns starred performance at state

Peter/Wendy earns starred performance at state
February 9, 2018
Judges rave over Peter/Wendy performance.

One Act performances spotlight senior directors, MSHSL show

One Act performances spotlight senior directors, MSHSL show
January 29, 2018
Four student-directed shows and the MSHSL competition one act took the stage on Jan. 27

One Acts give seniors new directing experience

Seniors casted students for their One Acts on Dec. 4-5.
December 10, 2017
Seniors cast actors for annual One Acts.

Seniors step off stage to direct their own One Act Plays

Senior directors Jack Romans (left) and Maggie Vlietstra (right, standing) bond with cast members during a rehearsal in the Driscoll Family Commons. Leading up to the performance, Romans said,
February 27, 2016
The St. Paul Academy and Summit School Winter One Acts were preformed on Jan. 29 in the Huss Auditorium. Senior directors provide some insight into the process and their One Acts.

To be or not to be? The US one-acts explore the human condition, eggs, modern relationships, and more

Sophomore Jonah Harrison, junior Mary Grant, and senior Tessa Rauch, respectively cackle as they play the three witches from the one-act
January 31, 2016
The Upper School one-acts, on Jan. 29 amazed and amused the audience with eye-catching visuals and quirky humor.

Metamorphosis places second at sections

From left: junior Halsey Moe, senior Emily Ross, senior Connor Allen, sophomore Anna Biggs and sophomore Jack Romans perform a scene from Metamorphisis during the show’s preview on Jan. 31 at the Sarah Converse Auditorium. “If we can make sure that everything falls into place, these messages get thrown across in pretty powerful ways,” sophomore Jack Romans said. The show placed first in subsections and placed second in Milaca on Feb. 8 for sections.
Competition One Act pushes the envelope with Kafka
February 12, 2014

Sophomore Jack Romans has been doing a lot of stretching and some yoga here and there in preparation for his lead role in St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s rendition of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis....

Cast self-directs The Zig-Zag Woman

Senior Marcus Alburez (left) regales a disapproving waitress, played by sophomore Maggie Vlietstra (right), with a story about his ex-girlfriend who “went to Italy for a facelift and an abortion.” The Zig-Zag Woman is co-directed by the actors.
February 7, 2014

A man walks into a restaurant, and orders enough hamburgers to feed a large family. Tucking into the food, he recounts a story of a disastrous affair he had in Italy—the story ends with his girlfriend...

Gallery: Casts and crews prepare for One Act performances

From left, freshman Isabelle Bukovsan, junior Sonja Mischke, and sophomore Maren Findlay warm up before rehearsing Molière's Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed, directed by seniors Kaia Findlay and Helen Derechin.
February 7, 2014

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