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The actors in Emily Beaulieu's play act in a scene of "Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone"

Three Student-Directed Plays to Premiere this Weekend

For students studying theatre at Lubbock Christian University, the opportunity to direct a play is part of their senior-year Directing class. The directing chance allows them to implement what they’ve learned in their studies in preparation for their theatrical careers, either in education or performance.

Three student-directed plays will be presented at LCU Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. in the Mc Donald Moody Auditorium.

  • s/f “The Drowning Girls” by Beth Graham and Charlie Tomlinson, directed by Taylor Duzan
  • s/f “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone” by Louis E. Catron, directed by Emily Beaulieu
  • s/f “The Yellow Boat” by David Saar, directed by Mercedes Weast

Later in the semester, at the LCU Scholar’s Colloquium, a fourth senior will present a play.

  • “A Friend Out of Stone” by Brandon Greer, directed by Brandon Greer

The Directing class is taught by Dr. Don Williams and spans two semesters. In the fall semester, the four students directed 10-minute scenes, some of which are being expanded this semester into longer “scenes from” (s/f) performances. Others, like Greer, chose a new performance for the spring.

Beaulieu's cast performs in scenes from Where Have All the Lightning Bugs GoneFor the four participating students, directing is a new learning experience. There are things that they love about putting these plays on stage, but they also have encountered difficulties in the rehearsal and planning process that they didn’t expect.

“This play is coming to life through the cast members,” said Weast. “This is a play that has always been very special to me. To see it come alive through a new set of eyes, with a group that can bring new experiences to it, has been awesome.”

However, learning lines, working with schedules, and overcoming preconceived expectations have been difficult for the casts and directors, especially with the spring semester at LCU being so filled with activity.

“Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling,” Duzan emphasized after struggling to juggle his cast’s participation in Follies and frequent illnesses.

What they’ve learned, though, will be applicable in their theatrical futures, and it’s made a lasting impact on them.

“Showing the flow of life up on stage has a different effect than real life. Theatre is important because it’s us – it’s our story. We are all the people in all of these shows,” Greer said.

“It’s also just fun,” added Weast on why audiences should attend the shows.

Following the community performances of their shows, Duzan, Beaulieu, and Weast will present their plays Tuesday, March 7 at the Christian University Theatre Festival (CUTF). Four other schools will also participate in CUTF: Wayland Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, and Howard Payne University.

Weast's cast performs in scenes from The Yellow BoatWeast's cast performs in scenes from The Yellow Boat