What happens when actors answer the phone before it rings and doors open before anyone knocks? Audiences are treated to a funny, theatrical disaster known as “Break a leg!”
Coming this weekend to the middle school auditorium, the PCM High School theater students will do their best not to break a leg but still have good luck as they take on the rolls in the comedy performance. With strong senior leaders and a cast of up-and-comers including a large sophomore and freshman contingency, the play is sure to garner not only laughs but experience, as well.
“It is going awesome. Everybody is being so positive and it doesn’t feel that different, just wearing masks and not being able to huddle together during breaks like we’re used to,” director Sam Pohl said. “But for the most part it feels good.”
With underclassmen coming out in numbers, Pohl decided “Break a leg!” would be a great choice due to its many parts. She also bumped up the understudy roles, preparing for performances where students may have to sit out.
“One big thing that is different is in the past I have had understudies but I haven’t needed to utilize them as much. This year I made sure there were understudies in case someone wasn’t able to do it,” Pohl said. “Also, this year the understudies get a day to perform. It is a little different and I think it is exciting for them because they have to put in a lot of work to be an understudy and a lot of times they don’t get the credit they deserve.”
She also liked that the play is done in two acts with no scene changes. By keeping it simple, she anticipates a faster run time and saving funds in case they were unable to perform.
Senior Bella Ream has been participating in theater since middle school and is featured as the director in the play within a play.
“I think it has gone really well, I am really enjoying it,” Ream said. “With the state of everything, it has actually gone surprisingly well.”
In a year unlike any other, Ream said everyone is having fun with what they have. While adjustments have been made throughout rehearsals when regulations have changed, she said the cast and crew have rolled with it.
“You have to work with what you can and make the best of it,” Ream said. “It is pretty tight-knit.”
Current regulations have narrowed down those who can attend the play to household members only. A recording will be made to be viewed at a later date.
Even with the current “new normal,” the students have rallied to make “Break a leg!” the best performance yet.
“It has been something I have really, really enjoyed throughout my school career,” Ream said.
Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or firstname.lastname@example.org