By Janet Hrezo, Brevard Center Academic Tutor
Back in 2006, the Brevard Center offered a drama class for the first time. Our intention was to let students have fun and be creative during a summer term. I don’t think any of us imagined then what a success the class would be or that the College Internship Players would be giving their 3rd live performance for Brevard students and staff this August.
Each semester the actors come up with something new to try whether it is designed for a live performance or a taped presentation. This past semester they decided to write their own comedy sketch which was developed through improvisation. During each rehearsal, new story lines and dialogue were tried out and then added to the sketch or rejected and so “The Courtroom Sketch” was born.
This was a collaborative effort from beginning to end but, while everyone was used to working together on stage as actors, developing the sketch as a group of writers was something new. It required flexibility, since the sketch was constantly changing, and the ability to compromise. Everyone handled it beautifully.
The performance ended with improvisations and we added a game of our own. Performers were asked to act out what kinds of things particular staff coordinators would never have them do. To get you in on the act, we’ve included a short video where the actors demonstrate what Jamie Kennedy, our Wellness Coordinator, would never have them do.
Credit for “The Courtroom Sketch” goes to Daniel Eakin, Sarah Johnson, David Kates, Brian King, Peter Snell, Valerie Stepp and Moultrie Woodall. Thanks to Travis McArthur, Residential Coordinator, for his suggestions and Andy Gulley, our one man stage crew. As always, thanks to Joan Williamson, Program Director, for making it all possible. Special thanks to David Kates, student co-director, and our extraordinary cameraman, Jay Mikush.