The ’10-Minute Play Festival’ Returns For Its Second Year

The ’10-Minute Play Festival’ Returns For Its Second Year
Theatre students at Germantown High School in Germantown, Tenn., are ready to express their creativity and originality on the Poplar Pike Playhouse stage. Students in the GHS Acting classes are in the process of writing, directing, and performing their original 10-minute plays. Acting teacher Jeff White has been assisting his students for the past few weeks on polishing and perfecting their work for the 2nd Annual 10-minute Play Festival.
Each of the 28 students in the two acting classes were given the opportunity to write their own 10-minute play in hopes of it being selected as one of the six plays performed in the showcase. Mr. White chose a handful of plays in each class for the students to read, analyze, and vote for their favorite to perform in the festival. The top six plays were then put in the hands of the students to produce.
The budding playwrights were given free range and free thought to write. Once the plays were chosen, directors and actors were assigned to bring these pieces to life. “The Ten Minute Play Festival” is important because it gives students the opportunity not only to write their own plays, but perform for a live audience and to be involved in creating theatre from the ground up,” says White.
Audience members can expect plays with a wide range of themes and ideas. These six plays range from comedy to drama. “There’s so much contrast among these six plays and each of them are so unique. I’m really excited for audiences to see them,” says acting student, Kaitlyn Poindexter.
Aside from the creativity these students are able to express, Mr.White says he is proud to see the impact this exercise has had on the students who are new to this process. He adds, “I just hope that this process allows students to have a lot of fun with creating something out of nothing.”
The 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival is Wednesday, April 3rd at the Poplar Pike Playhouse. The festival will begin promptly at 6:00pm. Admission is free, so anyone is able to come for a great night of acting. Call the PPP Box Office (901) 755-7775 for more information.

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