Love stinks, especially when it has to do with dating disasters.
That's the premise of Richland High School's latest play, Love Stinks: A Comedic Night of Dating Disasters, which is May 20 in the auditorium at Richland High.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.
"What's special about this production is that it's totally student-run," said drama teacher Ellicia Elliott. "I'm producing, but the students are doing everything else as a collaboration between the advanced drama class and the theater production (technical theater) class."
The production features two one-act plays: Check Please and It's Not You, It's Me. The students dividing up the directing duties are Matt Wildey, Connie Lovelace, Katrin Heyers, Tyler Shockley and Kenzy Rex.
Rex, 18, is directing three scenes from It's Not You, It's Me, and though she's never directed before, she's having a good time.
"It's been so much fun and exciting to be on the other side of acting," Rex said. "The scenes are pretty straight forward, but I have gotten to add some funny tweaks to break up the scenes."
Heyers, 17, a foreign exchange student from Germany, also is making her directorial debut.
"It's been a unique experience," Heyers said.
The challenge, she added, was to think like a director instead of an actor.
"As an actor, you have one character to think about, but as a director, you have them all (to consider). It was a lot of fun and our teacher (Elliott) have us great support."