Every year the Dramatic Production class puts on a series of short dramas and one full-length play, each entirely directed and performed by students. “Through drama here at PCC, I have learned so much about myself and others,” said student director Bethany Roberts (Sr., Canada). “Putting on a play is an amazing process, and in the end, you get to glorify God with the talents He gave you.”
This year’s full-length play combined a comical plot with the serious themes of love, war, and social class in George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man. The cast and crew enjoyed taking the audience on a journey to 1880’s Bulgaria, immersing them in the timeless themes of the play, bringing a tear to the eye and laughter to the soul.
Assistant director Taisa Cherubin (Sr., FL) said, “I have really realized just how much a production is affected by the director herself. Being assistant director has given me various opportunities to observe Bethany’s influence on the cast and crew and to watch her style and personality affect the behavior of the cast.”
Working behind the scenes, stage manager Megan Delaney (Jr., IL) watched the progress of the play closely. “The exciting thing about working backstage is that you not only get to see the play, but you get to see it come together.” In the beginning as she watched auditions and later as she helped time lighting and sound cues, she saw the play take shape.
“To see how much progress these actors have made from then to now is astounding,” she said. “As stage manager, I get to work with them a bit more than the rest of the crew does. It’s fun to see how hard the actors have worked and how much they genuinely enjoy what they’re doing.”
For freshman Matthew McIntyre (GA), playing a lead actor was an incredible opportunity. “To be able to put on a full theater production is fulfilling a dream I have had for many years,” he said. “It brings together all aspects of acting, whether it is using a certain voice or accent, or keeping a certain posture or stance, or even controlling facial expressions to gain a desired response. All of it comes together to create a work of art that will never be seen again.”
At the end of the night after they took their final bow, these students knew they had given their very best to God, performing one play at a time for His glory. “Drama is just another way God has given us to show His truth,” said Megan. “The best part about drama is knowing that God is using you to point others to Him.”