With Robin Nott retiring from the position of Performing Arts Company director, a new figure will be assuming the role. Current special education teacher Ms. Jacki Stahr said she is eager to accept this new opportunity.
“I’m excited,” Stahr said. “I’ve been directing in community theatre for over ten years. I think it will be fun to come and work with the group of kids that are here.”
“Performing Arts is a very important part of life of a student [participating in it],” Stahr said.
Stahr said she has no concerns about the upcoming season. She has noticed distinct strengths of Gull Lake’s PAC, and she’s also recognized some weaknesses
“The commitment that you guys have to PAC is huge. I think that there are a lot of schools that done have that kind of commitment,” Stahr said.
She has seen many of the Gull Lake PAC’s shows and recognized the students’ effort put into the productions.
The weakness that Stahr believed was present in the PAC’s work was in regards to interpretation.
“I think that PAC members take on way more serious things than other schools do. As far as competitions, I think that they [the judges] don’t look at that in a positive way,” Stahr said.
She clarified that the material picked out was not bad. Her point was to note that the “light and fluffy” topics for productions tend to succeed because those kind of topics are fun to watch and not so serious.
“This [show] is going to be a drama, although there are some funny moments in it,” Stahr said.“It’s going to be 12 Angry Jurors.”
The show’s title is originally 12 Angry Men; however, to eliminate the all-male-cast requirements, the title was simply changed.
“The one thing about this show is everybody’s on,” Stahr said.
She continued to explain that there would be no set changes. The actors will be on stage the entire duration of the production.
Those interested in Performing Arts are encouraged to support any Gull Lake PAC members as they head into a new transitioning season, and should also keep an eye out for their premiere performance on February 1.