WHHS Theatre Department Welcomes Audiences Back to the Rick Steiner Blackbox Theatre with the 2022 One Acts Festival

WHHS_logoCincinnati, OH – After a wonderful start of the season with Macbeth, Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is happy to welcome back audiences to The Rick Steiner Black Box Theater with the 2022 One Act Festival.

The junior high shows run December 1st at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd. The senior high shows run December 2nd-3rd at 7 p.m.

The junior high shows include Who Am I This Time? where the subject is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of The North Crawford Mask & Wig Club, three early comic masterpieces by Kurt Vonnegutare sewn together into a seamless evening of hilarity and humanity. The second junior high one act is titled The Well: A Faerie Terror. When Lisette, a teenage seamstress, falls down a well she is faced with a new world with one terrible secret within the well and has to find her way out.

The senior high shows include Tracks and Conflict of Interest. In Tracks, a group of strangers meet in a dirty subway station. They have arrived with limited personal belongings, their watches have stopped and they all claim to be in different cities. Soon they learn there is no way out of the station, and the unfortunate truth is told to them: they are all dead. Since subway stations have two sides, they reason the train leaving from one platform must be bound for heaven, while the train leaving from the other platform must be bound for hell. But which platform are they on? They reflect upon their lives, recalling and confessing past deeds of which they are not proud, hoping to figure out which platform is which. The arrival of someone from the other platform only complicates matters, and the answer remains unclear. As the subway train finally approaches, they must decide whether to stay and ponder their actions further, or to have faith and climb aboard to their final destination.

In Conflict of Interest, Cece and Jazz are roommates and Cece is a photographer. Cece has recently gotten a job at a publication known for corruption, and is warned by Jazz not to get caught up in the shadiness as they are looking over Cece’s recently published work. From there, the play takes the old and recognizable story and structure of losing your morals in pursuit of success, and puts a new spin on it to pose the very relevant questions of: when does journalism cross the line into simple exploitation? How does someone get pushed to the point of no longer recognizing that line?

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at:
https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

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Yeteva Bowker as Nellie (far left), Myla Stuckkey as Mrs. Hall (center left), Sophia Puthoff as Ma (center right), Kendra Suvillian as Lisette (far right). Photo by Mikki Shaffner,

The Well: A Faire Terror
Directed by Oran Wilkins
Assistant Directed by Bella Gordo
Stage Managed by Lily Clark
Featuring Kendra Suvillian as Lisette, Myla Stuckkey as Mrs. Hall, Sophia Puthoff as Ma, Yeteva Bowker as Nellie, Avani Wagh as Tree, Ash Kerpet, Noah Leventhal, Ayla Perkins, and Andrew Prevost as Bread

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Greta Linser as Helene Shaw (far left), Jonas Warner as Tom Newton (center), and Claire Wise as Harry Nash (far right). Photo by Mikki Shaffner.

Who Am I This Time
Directed by Andrew Canter and Caroline Lovelace
Stage Managed by Jonathan Rubin
Featuring Jonas Warner as Tom Newton, Greta Linser as Helene Shaw, Claire Wise as Harry Nash, Noa Jaffee as Doris Sawyer, Adah Mosher as Katie Newton, Grant Luebke as Verne Miller, and Catherine Berninger as Joey “Doodles” Brookes.

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Azariah Cuff as The Businesswoman, Uyen Dao as The High School Girl, Jana Smith as The Businesswoman, Corinne Adams as The Nun, Theo Davis as The Professor, Roree Whitaker as The High School Boy, and Eterniti McCray as The Waitress (left to right), Crow Cisneros as The Homeless Girl (center middle), Lauryn Shafer as The Old Man (bottom middle). Photo by Mikki Shaffner

Tracks
Directed by Diana Hutchinson
Stage Managed by Ryan Peerless
Featuring Crow Cisneros as The Homeless Girl, Lauryn Shafer as The Old Man, Laura Lammers as The Lawyer, Theo Davis as The Professor, Corinne Adams as The Nun, Jana Smith as The Businesswoman, Azariah Cuff as The Businesswoman, Uyen Dao as The High School Girl, Roree Whitaker as The High School Boy, and Eterniti McCray as The Waitress.

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L Mahler as Angry Protester (top left), Maya Jaffee as Mr. Hearst (top right), Evelyn Denen as Jazzy (bottom left), Elle Shaffer as Cece (bottom right). Photo by Mikki Shaffner

Conflict of Interest
Directed by Kat Swift
Stage Managed by Tien Dao
Featuring Elle Shaffer as Cece, Evelyn Denen as Jazzy, Maya Jaffe as Mr. Hearst, and L Mahler as Angry Protester.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.
Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
Production Stage Manager- Katie Berich and Lizzy Rebber
Hair and Makeup Designers- Adelaide Lindser
Props Designers- AJ Frecker and Oran Wilkins
Props Manager- Will Curtain
Costume Designer- Izzie Newman
Lighting Designer- Sophie Glenn and Charlie Prince
Head Electrician- Maya Busche
Scenic Designer- Emma Smith and Helen A. Raymond-Goers
Sound Designer- Wolf Singer
Marketing and Publicity Manager- Lizzy Rebber

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