Friday, February 16, 2007
¤ "Games People Play: The One Acts Are Back!"
¤ 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 and 23 and March 2 and 3
¤ Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square
¤ What you can afford for Thursday, and $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students on Feb. 22 and 23 and March 2 and 3
¤ (866) 707-4648 or Epilogue Book Co. at 879-2665
When she needs to laugh while acting, Anna Poirot just thinks about the funny things her brother does and the inside jokes she shares with her friends.
Poirot is one of four middle school students who have given up their lunch breaks and weekends to rehearse for "Games People Play: The One Acts Are Back!" The performances, produced by the Steamboat Players and Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater, begin Thursday.
Poirot had to jog those memories to figure out how to make herself laugh on stage in the short play, "Family Tug-O-Wars."
"It is much harder to make yourself laugh than to control your laughter," said show director Rusty de Lucia. "And you can really learn through laughter, as you can through tears."
Each one-act play contains a life lesson, and many involve the games people play with one another's emotions. Only the first act of the show is suitable for young audiences.
The challenge for Poirot in her performance was in working with a small cast.
"It's more interesting working one on one with people instead of working with a huge production of 30 to 40 kids," she said. "You're dependent on each other because no one else can cover up for you."
The performance will feature five children and adults who have never acted before.
"Community theater is an opportunity for new directors and new actors to take a chance," de Lucia said. "We try to cast everybody, and they only have to be on stage for 10 to 15 minutes."
The actors get to choose the one-act plays that are being directed by de Lucia, Seth Bograd, Michael Brumbaugh and Cesare Rosati.
"The eight short plays portray different human relationships and how we often play mind games with ourselves and each other to make sense of our world," Brumbaugh said. "And often just to survive."