Young drama students make director proud
Kasson-Mantorville Middle School’s drama department students presented Patrick Derksen’s detective comedy, “A Lighter Shade of Noir,” Feb. 23-25 at the Minnesota WiFi Performing Arts Center at Kasson-Mantorville High School.
This is the school’s first comedy, and the students did an excellent job learning their lines and the accents needed for their parts.
“This is an easy job,” stage manager Hannah Brumfield said. “I have the booth on my headset, so I know when the lights are being cued and when the actors’ cues are. One thing that I am always telling the cast is that if the prop isn’t yours, don't touch it - and remember your cues."
Director Bernie Buehler said the students were fun to work with.
“I have seen them grow and learn,” he said. “It makes me a very proud director."
I stood on the side of the stage watching Bernie tell the actors that the last show is the closing of a great production.
Technical director Pat Moran told the students they needed to bring energy, and advised them not to miss a cue or their lines. This is always a huge thing, because missing a queue or a line can throw the cast off. Many times actors are caught off guard and end up missing a line, and then they have to ‘ad lib.’
Overall, the cast and stagehands had an exciting time with this play. I was quite intrigued on how it turned out.
It made me very happy to see how these kids have grown to become great actors and actresses.
- Ruth Tear was a member of the drama club at Kasson-Mantorville Middle School and Kasson-Mantorville High School – where she graduated in 2017. She works in sales at the DCI.