The fourth-annual McCallie/GPS 10-Minute Play Festival returns this weekend. Shows will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the GPS Evans Center. Admission is free for students and faculty from McCallie and GPS, and tickets are $5 for others.
The show will feature eight original short plays written, acted, and directed by students and faculty from McCallie and GPS.
McCallie's Director of Theater Stevie Ray Dallimore created the festival in order to give students and faculty an opportunity to work together and learn from each other in a creative, non-classroom setting. Students and faculty work together toward the common goal of giving a voice to the community. Student directors gain experience directing all aspects of a show, including casting, running rehearsals, determining lighting, blocking and set pieces, and giving performance notes to actors; faculty actors get a chance to be seen and heard in a new light.
Mr. Dallimore described the festival this way: "The project has grown more successful each year. It is unlike anything any other schools are doing. I wanted to find a creative way to give voice to the stories of our community: students and faculty write these plays; students and faculty direct them, and students and faculty act in them. This is a true community-building exercise; it's all about teamwork and respect. Everyone is vulnerable and wants to do their best.
"This year we have several families involved as well; faculty parents and their McCallie/GPS students are working on several shows. It's a very cool thing to watch the roles get reversed - as in when a student directs a faculty actor or a faculty actor has to get help from a student."
Ten-Minute Plays Family Fun Facts:
There are 4 Odles (2 McCallie faculty, one GPS student, and one McCallie student)
2 Akes (GPS student, McCallie faculty)
2 Wallins (GPS student, McCallie faculty)
2 Dallimores (McCallie student and faculty)
2 Shaws (McCallie students)
2 Moselys (McCallie students)