Photos: UCF’s Project Spotlight theater festival returns this weekend

Zoe Blackledge (left), Kassidy Pierce (center) and Nicholas Stelter (right) play a comedic scene in "First Miss." Pierce’s character “Waiter” cracks herself up with restaurant puns. Project Spotlight dress rehearsal, Nov. 1, 2017. Photo by Gia Doxey.

UCF students rehearsed Wednesday for the annual Project Spotlight Fall One Act Festival that opens on Thursday evening.

This weekend’s festival features four plays, both dramatic and comedic productions, performed on alternating days.

Project Spotlight is an independent theater organization that produces one-act festivals in the fall and spring semesters, as well as a fall 10minute play competition that took place last month.

Each play is completely student run – written, acted, directed, produced, costumed and stage managed.

“It’s really like a production company,” Kassidy Pierce, a Project Spotlight actor, said.

The program is open to non-theater majors and is an opportunity to build relationships and connections through a hands-on experience, Pierce, a UCF theater studies and entertainment management student, said.

“It is a really diverse group,” Nicholas Stelter, an actor in “First Miss,” said. “Not only have I met people in the theater department, but I’ve made connections and learned so much from them. My director [Liz Calvert] is now my friend,” Stelter said.

Pierce went back and forth between 10-minute and single act play rehearsals this semester, she said.

“It’s very accessible; the management is very professional and respectful of each other’s time,” Pierce said. “It’s fast paced, and it is a huge family. Everyone’s really excited to be here.”

Some of the one acts feature mature content, including adult language, depictions of sexual assault, suicide and a simulated gunshot, Colin Brooks, “A Play About a Bar” playwright, said.

The festival is free, and shows run from Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4. The festival takes place on the Theatre UCF mainstage, which is in the theatre building on UCF’s main campus. Directions to the theatre building can be found here.

Thursday at 7:30 p.m.: 

“A Play About a Bar”

“First Miss”

Friday at 7:30 p.m.:

“Innocence”

“First Miss”

Saturday at 7:30 p.m.:

“A Play About a Bar”

“Rollplay”

Sunday at 2 p.m.:

“Innocence”

“First Miss”