Our Place One Acts

Our Place is a one-act play put on by the Mill Creek Theater Department. It consists of five skits showing the emotional impact places can hold within people’s hearts. The show is set at a dock and shows the lives of different people.

The first skit, Our Place, performed by Ervin Richard, 12, as Jake; Mattie Gross, 11, as Holly; Liam Sharp, 12, as Lyle; and Georgia Warford, 11, as Anne. It begins with Jake taking Holly to his “secret spot” where he doesn’t take anyone else. They are interrupted by Anne, Jake’s ex-girlfriend, and Lyle. Holly and Lyle soon discover that Jake and Anne both told them lies. The scene ends with Lyle and Holly finding common ground and comfort in one another.

The next scene is Flick of The Wrist, performed by Kat Landaverde, 12, as Beth, and David Shin, 11, as Jonathan. This duo plays a father and daughter going out to the lake for a nice afternoon of fishing. Jonathan struggles to remember who not only he is but who his family is. Beth comes to her breaking point after trying to share past memories of them fishing together. When Jonathan sees Beth crying, he suddenly remembers how to fish, and he teaches her his technique to cast out the fishing line. The pair share their last moment fishing together.

Next was a comedic skit called Famtime, performed by Marcus McClellan, 12, as Al; Anna Rundbaken, 12, as Brenda; Landon Cheves, 12, as Nicky; and Alyssa Linton, 11, as Sherry. An overly optimistic dad, Al, and a cautious mother, Brenda, take their kids for a fun summer day. Moody teenager, Nicky, and his energetic little sister, Sherry, are dragged along for the fun. The family goes to the dock for a family canoeing trip on the lake, but everything goes downhill when Nicky accidentally hits Al in the head. Al ends up having a concussion, and the family fun ends with them taking a trip to the hospital and the ice cream shop.
The next skit, Tuna Fish, performed by Arden Vasquez, 12, as Liberty, and Logan Cassidy, 12, as Corey, portrayed a more serious performance. Liberty and Corey usually went to the docks to eat Corey’s mom’s homemade tuna sandwiches. Liberty expresses her feelings of wanting to experience new things because she knows she will never be happy without experiencing everything life has to offer her. While Corey is perfectly content with his small-town life, he struggles to understand her need for more. This is where they find themselves at a crossroads.

The final story, Stay With Me, performed by Fiona Meador, 12, as Sidney, and Micheal Lawrence, 12, as Stanely. The skit is about a rebellious older brother that ran away from home and Sidney is his stubborn little sister. Sydney begs her brother to come back home, but when he puts his foot down, she ultimately decides to stay with him. She begs her brother to teach her how to swim in the lake but Stanley blocks her out with his music. Things take a turn for the worse when Sydney trips and falls into the cold water. Stanley realized that she had fallen into the water, but it was too late. He yells and screams for help, all while Sydney remains unresponsive.

In the finale of the show, the entire cast came back on stage, except for Jonathan and Sydney. They tell the audience that everyone has a special place, a place where people learn to say hello, and where people learn to say goodbye. The actors and actresses leave the stage, leaving Stanely and Beth on stage. Beth casts out the fishing line, just like how Jonathan did. Content with her fishing, she sets down her fishing rod and exits the stage. Sydney then runs out and embraces Stanely, but he doesn’t interact with her, he doesn’t speak with her, he looks right through her and simply walks away. Sydney is left on stage and begins to fish with the fishing rod Beth had set down. Jonathan appears and joins her at the dock. He teaches her how to fish just like how he taught his own daughter, Beth. Sydney and Jonathon embrace one another, their faces glowing as they continue to fish.