Behind the scenes at The Hope and Heartache Diner
By Nick Yates, ISB Communications
Published in January 2022
The High School Theater Department and the High School Thespians club have continued the International School of Beijing (ISB) tradition of plays directed and produced entirely by students. More than 30 students were involved in everything from acting to design to running the lights and sound for one-act play The Hope and Heartache Diner.
About a young woman’s final shift in her family-run diner before she leaves for university, this tale of hope, nostalgia, and finding yourself struck a chord with its audience during three intimate performances last week.
Theater around the world has been heavily impacted by Covid-19, and the Hope and Heartache team faced a lot of uncertainty over rehearsal time and whether they would be allowed an audience. They managed to pull it off and revive memories of the One Act Festival of student-produced plays at ISB in recent years. ISB’s Fringe Festival last April had left the community hungry for more performing arts on campus.
ISB community members can click here to view a high-quality recording of The Hope and Heartache Diner.
And keep scrolling for a behind-the-scenes account from lead actress Mayah S (pictured) of what it took to put on the play:
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