By Mallory Graves
Seven different 10-minute spooky scenes will be performed for “Fools on the Hill.” The event will start at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 and will start on the landing of the 77 Steps. With each script, the performances will change to a different location around campus. Each scene has a Halloween theme and an eerie element to it.
Allyson Moon, director of theatre and instructor for the directing one class, has been at SC for 32 years. The directing one course teaches students on how to lead a production.
“It is an upper-level class for individuals studying in theatre and this is the first opportunity for them to learn how to be a director of a production. Those individuals will be producing the scenes for ‘Fools on the Hill.’ Shawn Knepper, Carson Davis, Jameison Campo, Merie Campo, Missy Rayle, Hannah Breshears, and Jessica Burk are the directors for this year. All of these individuals have had been in productions and have had experience working with a variety of different directors. They have years of experience of being directed, but they haven’t had that responsibility of being the person in charge as the director, shaping the play,” Moon said.
Shawn Knepper, musical theatre senior, is directing the “Wait Until Dark” scene.
“This is a project that the directing class does every year, and ‘Fools on the Hill’ has become Campus Players’ tradition over the years, mostly for the directing classes. It gives more people opportunities to audition, and for the directors themselves to come up with scripts ideas on what to write about. This year, we have taken on more of a spine-chilling theme,” Knepper said.
“This is my first time directing something, and I am incredibly nervous about it. As a director, you are supposed to have this vision of what you want and what you expect from your cast members, but for me having this responsibility as a director is a little bit scary. There is a lot of pressure on you to do well, and you are also in charge of a lot of things. Putting trust in your actors is a key factor in it as well. You have to trust that they are willing to commit to the scene, do the work that they are supposed to, and to be on board with what we are trying to do. With all of that, I want the students and everyone involved to have fun, most importantly,” Knepper said.
This year, each of the plays are about “spooky” things.
Moon said, “The theatre class decided to stick to that theme after brainstorming for these scenes because it’s October. It has to be scary. Halloween is too short and not celebrated long enough, so we hope that with this production, it can be the kick-off to the holiday.”
Just like last year, “Fools on the Hill” includes students outside of the theatre department.
“We have soccer players and a cheerleader that are part of this production that are not involved in theatre. Working with these students has been wonderful and challenging. Now, the people aren’t challenging, sometimes it has been their schedules,” Moon said.
Darrell Sitton, athletic training senior, said, “I am excited to perform because I enjoy trying new things and meeting new people. I am also nervous, because I am one of the main characters and if I mess up, it could be a mess. There definitely is a lot of pressure on me.”
Sitton is in Knepper’s play.
Raynee Case, musical theatre sophomore, said, “I am in ‘Murder on Midnight,’ directed by Jessica Burk. Our scene is comical, and I am having a lot of fun in the show. I can’t wait to perform.”