An event that all theater fans get excited for in the beginning of the school year is the middle school fall play, especially one as engaging as this year’s “Wagon Wheels A-Rollin’.” The middle school show is always family friendly, and many people in the Wesleyan community rushed to get tickets. Like years before, Lencke Theatre sold out of seats for this show. “Wagon Wheels A-Rollin’” was an exciting and action-packed story about life in the wild western town of Vinegar Bottle. The cast consisted of a wide variety of characters, including cowboys, saloon girls and bandits. The play was directed by the middle school theater director Stephanie Simmons. Keep Reading
The Wolf Players traded their green and gold for black in their production of “The Addams Family” on Feb. 6-8.
Through countless hours of rehearsal, the cast has the opportunity to really get to know each other and grow close. “I’d say that the people in the theatre department made me want to do the show. It’s such a close-knit group of people that care a lot about each other, that I really consider my family,” said senior Andrew Pridgen.
Homer’s “The Odyssey” is making a grand comeback from freshman year English to appear on the big stage – Powell, to be exact. But this year, things are happening a little differently. Going above and beyond to ensure quality, director Steven Broyles contacted the agent of the playwright, Mary Zimmerman, who adapted the epic to the stage herself.
“We’re cutting it down to size so we can take it to One-Act,” Broyles said. “We have to ask permission from the artist.” One-Act is the theater competition hosted by the Georgia High School Association, an event Wesleyan intends to win. The Wolf Players are always looking to impress the audience, and a shortened play length is one aspect that keeps them engaged.
When asked about how he planned to impress the audience, Broyles said, “It’s going to be something very unique. Technology now makes things look very real… this is sort of stepping back from that.” He explained the more traditional, personal methods Wesleyan is using to prepare. The bamboo poles for props, blue lights casted over chairs for a boat in the sea and skill of the actors are all meant to bring back the essence of theater.