End-of-year shows spotlight student talent

Ryan Luttrell, senior, is a member of the cast of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Madison Bonner, Reporter

Theater students ended the semester with two Black Box shows on Dec. 10, both directed by students.

With the holidays right around the corner as well as finals, theater students in Repertory Theater and Advanced Repertory Theater performed “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” and “Snow Angel” to add a little more excitement to these last few weeks of the year.

Liam Chewning, senior, started the night off with directing “20,000 Leagues under the Sea,” a story about a group of men and their escape from a mysterious ship and its captain.

Wrapping up the evening, Cooper Dammrich, senior, directed “Snow Angel,” a story of how a blizzard complicates the lives of a group of teenagers as a mysterious girl shows up in town.

Both performances landed a audience around 100 people each at 2 p.m. as well as 7 p.m.

“Both were equally attended. But 100 people in the Black Box looks like a great crowd. ‘Snow Angel’ was performed in the auditorium; 100 people in that space looks like a small crowd, but they were the same,” David Hastings, theater teacher, said.

As the cast and Hastings reflected on the performances after the night was over, they were very supportive of their classmates that directed.

“We thought the night was a great success and were extremely proud of the great work our friends did to direct these plays,” Cayla Jones, junior, said.