22 HS Performing Arts students deconstructed and reconstructed the play ‘Mobile Phone Show’ to create their own original work of art for parents, staff, faculty and friends of ACS. The students decided how they wanted to tell the story, choosing theatre style, music and set to support their story. Theatre Arts Teacher Mr. Jim McLean, said “it was great to explore this with the students.” He said it was a process based experience, asking them to understand ‘what do you do to make theatre?’ They worked on chorale work, timing, inserting music, music support and the story.
For this show, the four student directors were not only responsible for making all of the decisions, they too had to design something involving audience participation before the show. The directors accomplished this task by having the audience recite a jingle with hand motions to a jive that they created. The show itself had many different components, at times it was a musical, satirical, sad and most often humorous. The play showcased the use of cellphones and questioned whether we controlled them or they controlled us.
Although the production was a great way spend the evening out, it was also a community service endeavor. Proceeds from the entrance tickets, approximately $670, were used to purchase food and cook meals over the holiday break for the elderly living alone or on the streets.