“The One Act Play That Goes Wrong” Actually Went Spectacularly Right


Catherine Townsend

“The One Act Play That Goes Wrong”: This year performing Warriors won second place in 4/6A region competition -displaying intellectually comical performance whilst earning Dubs.

North Atlanta High School: known for its outstanding arts program, never fails to create challenging yet accomplishable standards for young Warriors. The NAHS curriculum trains perseverant Dubs in disciplines ranging far and wide – from literature to math, athletics, and performing arts. That being said, advanced activities often bring about enthusiastic passion. Whether that be participating in athletics, striving to be on the honor roll, or standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people, Dub students never fail to express themselves in their unique way. And for the One Act Play performers of North Atlanta, expressing themselves involves different skills than navigating a calculator or playing fast-paced basketball – perhaps a script, microphones, and costumes will do the job.

On October 27, NAHS performers put on a play featuring clever yet canny jokes only the wisest of wisecracks might drum up, costumes fit for the bright lights of Hollywood, and most importantly – a stunning performance. The performance, named “The One Act Play That Goes Wrong,” created a theatrical sensation following the murder of Charles Haversham. While most plays surrounding a murder might bring an eerie feel to the room, the NAHS One Act Play put a spin on the typical murder plot. By manufacturing technical difficulties that wreak havoc on the production and cast, the cast created a comical twist to the standard murder plot as each cast member reacts in an individualized, amusing method. “The One Act Play That Goes Wrong is the most unique play I have ever seen at NAHS because of its meta-humor and clever concept,” said junior Carter Martin – who played Cecil Haversham.

As if the theatrical spectacle wasn’t accomplishment enough, what is particularly astonishing about the One Act Play is that students directed it – with the tremendously helpful assistance of IB Film and IB Theatre instructor Liane LeMaster – and then performed, judged, and awarded a medal based on their performance. Unlike other theatrical performances, the One Act Play is organized as a competition in which students perform their acts and are judged on the quality of their performance. Along with achieving the colossal feat of creating a unique, creative execution, this year, the hardworking, resilient performers of NAHS were awarded silver overall in the 4/6A region competition. “I am so proud of how the students handled challenges in a purposeful and supportive way,” said Lemaster. “The community they created was key in holding each other accountable throughout the process.”

The students of North Atlanta High School never fail to impress, which is no different for the bright actors who carried out “The One Act Play That Goes Wrong.” Through creativity, hard work, and diligence, the talented team of Dub actors was able to create a play that embodied the NAHS student spirit, create laughter when we all needed a good laugh, and bring together people from all backgrounds. Excellent performance, Dubs.