There isn’t a better way to describe the show The Drowsy Chaperone than with those three adjectives. This year’s One Act play took an interesting turn, moving from the usual straight play -- the norm for years here at Athens Academy -- to a musical. But this show wasn’t just any old musical, it was 1930s theatre, glamorous, grand, and sparkling! Being in the show myself, I can account for the hard work and the determination that went into it to make it the best show that it could be.
After weeks of toil, countless hours of rehearsal, set building, and practicing at home, the cast of ‘The Drowsy Chaperone” was ready. No one worked harder than our director, Ms. Lorraine Thompson. She is our second mother, our mentor, and support all throughout the development of a show, especially one like this. Ms. Thompson has a habit of underestimating how hard she works and how much she is involved in what happens on the stage. She designs the set, our costumes, she blocks the show, she gives us tips and hints on how to better our acting and she does it all with a smile and wit. She is one of a kind.
Leaving school at 5:15 in the morning, we took our show to competition. Not to sound immodest, but competition in our region is tight. We face all the other private schools in our area, Hebron, Lake View, Providence, Athens Christian, Prince, and George Walton. We started off the day being the first show to grace the Piedmont stage. After our performance, we then spent the rest of the day supporting and watching the other shows, cheering on friends from past One Acts, and making new ones. One of the special things about One Act Competition is that it never feels like a competition. The special thing about One Act is that everyone who is there is there for the same reason you are, they love the same things you do, and everyone is so excited to see how hard everyone else had worked. It has a kind of festival feel and it is the most fun that I have had in my high school career.
We were very excited to take the second place trophy this year, the best we’ve placed in four years. It was amazing, the feeling of gratification when we were recognized for all our hard work. But! Not only did we place second place overall but we also had three cast members take individual awards. Daniel Rohanni and Savannah Baugh took All-Star Cast awards, and our very own Anna Ford Pittard came home as Best Supporting Actress. This was such an exciting year for the Athens Academy Drama Department and we look forward to continuing our season.