Jake Spence and Thomas Ksyniuk play Confidence and Bull

One-act plays study relationships

Vernon Secondary School drama presents student-directed plays in Love and Other Disasters.

Nothing hurts more than being in love, especially when you’re a teenager. Just ask Romeo and Juliet.

On that note, the Vernon Secondary School drama department is presenting Love and Other Disasters, a collection of three one-act plays all directed by VSS students that take the stage this week.

“Each comedy focusses on a different aspect of relationships,” said VSS drama teacher Laurie Anne Lorge.

Bob’s Date, directed by Dustin Stranks, is an abstract comedy that takes place entirely inside the brain of the title character.

“Each character is a different aspect of Bob’s thoughts as he prepares for his date. Logic, Bull, Confidence, and Libido are just a few of the zany characters inside Bob’s brain,” said Lorge.

The New Mrs. Jones, directed by Jake McNair, is a dark comedy about an overbearing and slightly psychopathic mother and her son who informs her he is getting married and leaving her.

“One doesn’t cross Mrs. Jones, as her neighbour discovers when her annoying dog goes ‘missing’. Makes you wonder what Mrs. Jones will do to the fiancé?,” teased Lorge.

Finally, Dinushi Fernando tackles the Shakespearean favourite, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream.

Adapted for length, this version features all the well-known favourites from Bottom to Puck and Helena and Hermia.

“An action-packed fantasy, this comedy appeals to a wide audience,” said Lorge.

Love and Other Disasters take the stage for two nights in the VSS auditorium, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults.


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