Five one-act plays, all directed by students, make up Hanford High's annual one-act festival called Spectrum, which is Oct. 19-20 and 26-27 in the high school auditorium, 450 Hanford Ave., Richland.
The plays are The Welkin, directed by Jordan Rawlings and Delaney Shields; The History of Why the Chicken Crossed the Road, directed by Preston Snyder; It's Not You, It's Me, directed by Caitlin Hunter; Conflict, directed by Sean Hendrickson and Shea McAuley; and Afterhours, directed by Stephanie Wright.
Hendrickson wanted to direct Conflict because it was a personal favorite, he said.
"The show is not only entertaining and hilarious, but also explores a rather primal and usually unnoticed part of human psychology," Hendrickson said.
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Directing has taken the 17-year-old senior out of his comfort zone of acting, he said.
"At first, it was difficult raising the cast to a point at which they can really begin to act their parts, portraying what we're looking for," he said. "It's difficult and complex but ultimately fulfilling."
Rawlings, also a senior, said co-directing The Welkin with Shields has been memorable.
"We chose this show because unlike many of the shows that Hanford does, it's dark (and) tense," she said. "We wanted to give actors a chance to explore that sort of story. I found the script last spring and Delaney and I were both instantly fascinated with it.
"It explores very real issues, (like) individuality, social groups, even abuse and eating disorders. I believe it will resonate with people."
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org