LIMA — Students in the Lima Senior High School Drama Club got to flex their creative talents Saturday night in two short plays, “Check Please!” and “Check Please! Take 2,” by Jonathan Rand.
Instead of canceling the traditional stage performance, the cast and crew turned to streaming.
This was made possible because of the simple set and plot. The shows are about dating and are set at a table with two people at a time, like a dinner date.
Whereas the usual spring play would cost $5, this play was available through Vimeo for a donation.
“These are plays about dating gone wrong. There are two main characters — Guy (Davyon Williamson) and Girl (Paige Bartels). Both go on a series of dates with some very quirky characters and then eventually meet each other along the way,” said Joanna Walt, drama club supervisor.
Davyon Williamson, who plays “Guy,” is a seventh-grader. It’s his first lead role although he’s been in school plays since fourth grade.
“We faced some challenges, but I think it’s really interesting and fun to experience because that during this pandemic, it’s letting us experience new ways on how to do things and it’s just really fun and interesting and we learn from it,” Williamson said.
Walt explained that the production was recorded via Zoom. The technical director, David Orr, pieced together virtual backgrounds so the actors appeared to be in a restaurant together.
“It ended up working fine,” Walt said. “Some of the fun things that we got to do is like one scene, we have a character named Brandon who gets water thrown in his face by Girl and so that was a unique challenge because we had to figure out how to make that look okay in two different settings. So, Girl would throw an empty glass of water and then … his mother would actually throw water at his face where they were. So the timing of that ended up working out really nicely. It’s really funny,” Walt said.
Paige Bartels, who plays “Girl,” is a sophomore and found the virtual format a bit challenging.
“It was definitely difficult for being locked down because this play has a lot of people interaction type things. So recording it was definitely a challenge,” Bartels said.
Many of the actors got a chance to portray different characters in the production.
“It was fun to work on the show because it gave them an opportunity to play more than one part if they wanted. There’s some other characters who are played by actors at the high school who get to be different characters and they’re all very funny, quirky characters, personalities,” Walt said.
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