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North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

Because of the pandemic, the 2020 play festival was livestreamed. In 2021, students performed together onstage, but the entire production was recorded and sent out as a video. 

The seven plays included:
“Mommy, Why Do I Look Like a Disney Character?”
Director: Jackson Berner ’24
Synopsis: Roger, age 6, can’t wait to celebrate his birthday at Disney World with all his favorite characters, and single mother Wanda just wants to show her son the good time he so desperately deserves. However, can conceited love-triangles, blatant deception and promiscuous exes turn this birthday bash into a birthday bummer? 
 
“Dating is…Taxing”
Director: Alli Smith ’24
Synopsis: Gemini, a 22-year-old plant enthusiast, has just moved to Washington, D.C., to start her life, where she is set up on a date by her co-worker (and best friend) Iris. Though she has had her hesitancies when it comes to men, her date doesn’t seem half bad. Until he walks into the kitchen and their secrets are let loose. 
 
“A Pleasant Surprise?”
Director: Mariel Flickinger ’24
Synopsis: Stacey and Marvin have been together for a few months and are planning on dropping big news to Marvin’s parents. When out at a fancy restaurant for dinner, Stacey is introduced to Marvin’s parents when they all realize they’re closer than they thought.
 
“Unprofessional Professor”
Director: Kiran Jorgensen ’23 
Synopsis: When people-pleaser Benjamin Lacroix gets just shy of a C on a physics test, he would do anything to get his grade rounded up. Unfortunately for him, his professor is just a year away from retiring, and with his tenure almost up, Professor Horton wants nothing more than to cause havoc. Can Ben suck up to his professor, or will he be forced to retake the whole class?
 
“Double Date”
Director: Maya Belabbes ’24
Synopsis: Susie and Louise are two mothers eager to get their children in a relationship. But over a delicious Italian meal things start to get heated, and it isn’t the breadsticks. Will the once match-making mothers join their children in being eligible bachelorettes?     
 
“Status Report”
Director: Sky De La Cruz ’23 
Synopsis: Lily, a loner tech genius, is working on her latest project, with just a couple of hours left before her deadline, when the power goes out. Her friends, Brigit and Cliff, want to help her while time is running out, but they must first find a way to make Lily open up to them. Will Lily’s friends be able to break through her deep emotional traumas from her past? Or will they have to watch as she slowly loses hope?
 
“Immoral Money”
Director: Daniel Becker ’23
Synopsis: After Juliet is cut out of the rich family’s will after selling a very important family heirloom, she must take matters into her own hands to ensure she gets her cut of the inheritance. 

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Take 10 Play Festival

North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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