By: Sam Raudins
This May, seniors Delaney Kelly and Jamie Mitchell will be directing the school’s children’s plays known as Snapshots. Snapshots utilizes new talent both on stage and back stage and helps introduce fresh faces to the theatre. This year’s play is called “Frumpled Fairy Tales” because it puts a modern, comedic twist on the classic stories of Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltsken. However, it is the seniors’ responsibility alone to make the show run smoothly. I spoke with senior director Delaney Kelly about this experience. Delaney is a seasoned member of the theatre: she has been in seven high school productions, but twenty-five total.
“Jamie Mitchell and I work together to give the actors notes, stage direction, and tips on characterization,” Delaney Kelly says of her duties as a senior director. The directors, along with fellow senior Joe Humes, also supervise backstage crew. Delaney says their responsibilities are similar to those of Ms. Dolar and Mr. Dietrich during a show, but with “much lower stakes and a much lower budget.”
One would typically find both Delaney and Jamie on stage, but both are excited to explore a new aspect of the theatre in their last production at North Royalton High School.
“I’ve been on stage and I’ve written plays before, but I’ve never been behind the table giving directions, so it’s a completely new perspective!” Delaney says. Despite the fact that almost the entire cast and crew are new to the world of drama, the seniors embrace mentoring and inspiring them. It’s no easy task, but Delaney has fearlessly stepped up to the plate.
“I’m not used to being the type that leads people. Still, it’s been fun taking on this new challenge and meeting new people who are willing to put in the work to make this show successful.”
Catch “Frumpled Fairy Tales” Saturday, May 7th at 2 p.m.