Trevecca theatre students take their directing skills center stage

Directors Kelsey Boyd, Hilary Frame and Rachel Hampton

By Autumn Woodard

This weekend, the Trevecca Theatre Department will present “Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow.”

Named for Act 5, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  this collection of one-acts will showcase the directing talents of Trevecca students Hilary Frame, Rachel Hampton and Kelsey Boyd.

Jeff Frame, professor of communication, asked students in his play directing class to submit plays proposals at the end of last semester. Frame, Hampton and Boyd were the students selected to take their proposals to the stage.

“I was thrilled,” said Boyd, who is directing “A Trysting Place” by Booth Tarkington. “I thought I had something that was more than meets the eye. I was right.”

Hampton submitted her proposal to Frame because directing is a side of theatre she’s never experienced.

She is directing “The Philadelphia” and “Sure Thing,” both one acts by David Ives.

“I choose these shows because I love the magic behind the stories of the characters,” Hampton said. “The stories are told in a different way but they are ones everyone can relate to.”

Frame is directing “Take Five,” a play within a play that’s full of physical humor and chaos.

She said one of the most rewarding parts of this experience was how the different casts, crew and directors came together to make one cohesive show.

“I’m really looking forward to others enjoying the shows just as much as we have enjoyed putting it together,” she said. “I’m proud of the outcome of our efforts.”

Boyd said audience members should come to the shows prepared to laugh.

“It’s a wonderful night of comedy. Everyone can come to enjoy them,” she said. “And it is cheap. That’s something everyone can appreciate.”

‘Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow’ will run  March 27 through March 30 in Benson Auditorium. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $2 for students and faculty and $4 for the general public.

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