What to Expect in Senior Scenes XI


Sydney Gager, Editor

Senior Scenes is a beloved Parson Street Players tradition for many reasons. Seniors and underclassmen bond as they get to try something new–underclassmen have the opportunity to star and seniors get to direct for the very first time. More importantly, the product is 13 scenes–ranging from dramas to comedies–that will be performed this Saturday (December 7th) at 2:00 and 7:00. 

Interested in supporting the arts, but unsure of what you’re signing up for? Keep reading for the directors’ explanations of every scene. Each summary gives only a snapshot of the spectacular scenes that will be performed this weekend.

Sophie Kamer is directing Cain Town by Douglass Hill. It “chronicles the relationship between a waitress and an out-of-towner in the diner of a one-horse town. Their paths have crossed only a few times until this moment when they butt heads about a stranger paying for his dinner. Their individual struggles with trust and relationships break the surface here in a vulnerable yet realistic depiction of worlds colliding and stereotypes breaking down.”

Sophie Rukeyser and Kayla Arus are directing The Blueberry Hill Accord by Daryl Watson. It’s “about 2 best friends meeting at their favorite diner to officially “break up” their 9 year long friendship. As we watch Lindsay and Hannah on stage, we reflect on the memories, hardships, and victories they’ve shared alongside them.”

Cate Hudson and Bella Brennan are directing Hitting on Women by Bruce Kanes. “Tim, an awkward young man is accused of hitting on Angie, a sassy and confident young woman. Tim tries to introduce himself to Angie, and she automatically gets the wrong impression that he is hitting on her. Although at first an uncomfortable situation, it quickly turns to something more flirtatious and educational for both of them.”

Anastasia Liodori is directing Boy Meets Girl: A Very Young Love Story by Sam Wolfson. The scene is “a short comedy about two pre-schoolers who fall in love while discussing grown up themes concealed in children metaphors.”

Monica Mealey and Dominic Sculti are directing DMV One by Nick Zagone. It’s about “Rebecca the DMV employee and Ryan the customer is trying to get his license and registration renewed or so he thinks. This interaction takes a fast turn when Rebecca starts asking Ryan personal questions. Which leads to a flirtatious banter with twists and turns leaving both the audience and the characters wanting more.”

Nina Kato is directing Customer Survey by Lester Lewis. “In this scene from The Office, Jim and Dwight are shocked at the terrible results of their customer surveys, and Dwight suspects he has been sabotaged. He seeks to get revenge, dragging everyone in the office along in the process.”

Maggie Janowicz is directing a scene from the movie Juno by Diablo Cody. It “follows the life of Juno Macguff through the trials the tribulations of her teen pregnancy, providing insight on the scrutiny and pain inflicted by those around her and the social isolation that a baby belly can cause.”

Naomi Saito is directing a scene from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Baz Luhrman. “In the summer of 1922, and Nick Carraway moves into his new home and the west egg and finds out about his neighbor, Jay Gatsby’s infatuation towards Carraway’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan. This scene is at the climax of the story when Tom Buchanan interrogates Gatsby about his affair with his wife.” 

Mali Abel is directing Please Have a Seat and Someone Will be With You Shortly by Garth Wingfield. It’s “about two girls who have been in the same waiting room together waiting for their therapists for the past year and a half and they finally get to talking and learn about each other and why they’re in therapy.”

Sean O’Neil and Prescott Tuneski are directing The Spotted Man by Walter Wykes. The scene follows Eugene, who believes he is covered in spots, and a stingy nurse who doesn’t understand his problem. Their conversation is absurd and will leave the audience laughing. 

Sydney Gager is directing A Ten Minute Rom-Com, a scene she wrote herself. It follows high schoolers Lilac and Charlie as they fall for each other. With a sassy narrator to guide you along, this scene has the awkward moments, mutual pining, and humor of all your favorite romantic-comedies condensed into ten minutes.

Kiera Moran is directing English Made Simple by David Ives. This comical scene is set up as a class to teach English with the two people greeting one another saying a lot more than it may seem at first as an exploration of the difference between what is literally said and what is really being said.

Tess Greenhaw is directing I and You by Lauren Gunderson. In this scene, Caroline is “confined to her bedroom due to illness. Anthony unexpectedly bursts into her room, and her life, with an urgent English assignment, a poetry project. Many secrets about the deeper mysteries of life are revealed as this sensitive and strange relationship develops.”

The tireless effort of 35 actors, 17 directors, 3 stage managers, and many crew members will come to a close this Saturday. Come see Senior Scenes XI at 2:00 and 7:00, don’t miss out on this spectacular performance!