One act winner touches audience

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Junior Ben Marshall, sophomore Keilyn Howard, junior Abby Grott and freshman Molly McDermott pose after winning Prospect's student-directed one act play festival. The group's play, "Answering 911- Life in the Hot Seat" was selected to represent Prospect at the All District Festival Nov. 12.

Junior Ben Marshall, sophomore Keilyn Howard, junior Abby Grott and freshman Molly McDermott pose after winning Prospect's student-directed one act play festival. The group's play, "Answering 911- Life in the Hot Seat" was selected to represent Prospect at the All District Festival Nov. 12.
Junior Ben Marshall, sophomore Keilyn Howard, junior Abby Grott and sophomore Molly McDermott pose after winning Prospect’s student-directed one act play festival. The group’s play, “Answering 911- Life in the Hot Seat” was selected to represent Prospect at the All District Festival Nov. 12. (Photo by Cassidy Delahunty)

By Anna Indelli
With November right around the corner, the All District Festival is once again on the horizon. Keeping up with past traditions, Prospect held a student directed one act play festival on October 20 to choose Prospect’s representative at the All District Festival. While the competition was close, Answering 911- Life in the Hot Seat, directed by junior Abby Grott and junior Ben Marshall and starring sophomores Molly McDermott and Keilyn Howard, took the cake. Understandably, Marshall says he is proud of the win.
“I was so excited when I found out that we won,” Marshall said.  “Because Molly and Keilyn are so good and they worked so hard on their performance.”
This show takes an inside look on what it’s like working as a 911 phone operator. Undoubtedly an emotional subject matter, both Marshall and Howard saw the effect it had on the audience.
“You’re rooting for the characters throughout the whole thing,” Marshall said. “It really meant something to a lot of people.”
“A lot of people approached Molly and I afterwards and they were in tears,” Howard said. “The best thing as a performer is to hear that the story you told had that much of an impact on somebody.”
The cast of Answering 911- Life in the Hot Seat will once again perform at the All District Festival on Nov. 12 at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.