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One-act play “Ben Hur” takes center stage

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Keith Peacock (11), as the Roman Captain, and Jacob Watts (11), as Ben Hur, practice their roles during their practice for the production of Ben Hur. The actors need to memorize their roles before their performances.Peacock said if he could sum up the entire play in one line, it would be, “You know as well as I do, a leopard can never… change its spots.”

Keith Peacock (11), as the Roman Captain, and Jacob Watts (11), as Ben Hur, practice their roles during their practice for the production of Ben Hur. The actors need to memorize their roles before their performances.Peacock said if he could sum up the entire play in one line, it would be, “You know as well as I do, a leopard can never… change its spots.”

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Keith Peacock (11), as the Roman Captain, and Jacob Watts (11), as Ben Hur, practice their roles during their practice for the production of Ben Hur. The actors need to memorize their roles before their performances.Peacock said if he could sum up the entire play in one line, it would be, “You know as well as I do, a leopard can never… change its spots.”

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The Theatre Arts Guild participates in a One Act production every year. This year’s show is titled “Ben Hur”. The play follows the story of a group of actors and actresses as they produce the epic of “Ben Hur.” Each of the six characters also assume various other roles throughout the performance. The setting changes from a roman palace to the desert and a Roman ship to an intense chariot race set in Jerusalem.

The story follows one of the main character of the epic, Judah Ben-Hur,  who is played by Jacob Watts (11). The act follows Judah on his journey as he goes from being a well known prince in the Roman Empire to becoming a slave, thanks to his adopted brother Messala, an upcoming leader in the Roman army, played by Keith Peacock (11).

Watts said, “It feels pretty good to have such a big role, the pressure is on though. When you’re the first person to come out on the stage, a lot of things are going through your head. The most prominent thing to remember … don’t mess up.”

There are a total of six cast members and ten crew who worked hard to bring the production together.

Each of the six characters continuously change rolles in seconds as the play progresses. Each member of the cast has three to six roles. Ben Hur stars:

  • Jacob Watts (11) as Daniel Veil, Gabriel and Judah Ben Hur.
  • Galen Graff (11) as Galen, a wiseman, the slave driver, Quintus Arrius and Pontius Pilate.
  • Javier Fajardo (11) as Javier, a wiseman, Centurion, Jesus, a slave and Valentino.
  • Keith Peacock (11) as Keith, a wiseman, Messala, Gally captain and the Roman Captain.
  • Madalyn Reed (11) as Madalyn, Mary, Sara Hurr, a slave, Catalinya and Mrs. Pilate.  
  • Hannah Hatcher (12) as Crystal, Tirza and Esther.

Reed said, “This isn’t my first major role. I was very excited when I found out about being in this cast and being able to work with such an amazing cast. My favorite character I play would definitely have to be Judah’s mother, Sara. She just has this attitude of this Jewish mother that I just fell in love with.”

Crew Members include Kayla Matthews (12) as Stage Manager, Brooke Lenard (12) as Assistant Stage Manager, Jude Mullins (10), Sam Ferrell (10), Khristyn Bais(12), Gavin Baker (11), Dylan Brokamp (XX), Gracie Van Brackle (11), Nic Gowdy (XX), Hillary Kwarteng (11) and Cory Beacham (11).

Crew members’ jobs include prop and set design, set changes, controlling the music and sound and many other tasks crucial in the production of the play.

Van Brackle, Props manager, said, “I was in charge of gathering and making all the props. I make sure people have their props and the props are ready duroing set changes.”

Kwarteng’s job included painting sets and changing sets during the show. “I moved the periactoids. I stood behing the sets and move it during set changes,” Kwarteng said. “We projected the picture onto the periactoids and then painted the columns on them.”

The cast and crew will perform their production of ‘Ben Hur’ at the Region 6A One Act Competition hosted at LCHS in the Robert Clay Auditorium on Thursday October 25. LCHS will also be hosting the 3A Region Competition as well.

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