Small-town attitudes, down-home traditions, family values— meet Melanie Wilderman, Ted Satterfield, and Sarah King Bartell… Namron Players Theatre presents three brand new one-act plays that dig a little deeper.

“Too Much to Bare” written by Ted Satterfield directed by Jane Gibbons

Bailey is a recent college graduate who has began her first teaching job in a small town. She was recruited to come to this town as the school system struggles to attract and retain new teachers. The recruiting tour had rolled out the red carpet for recent grads and made the sleepy town seem like it was very quaint and welcoming, but Bailey soon begins to see how suspicious townspeople are of outsiders.

“Barely Baptized” written by Melanie Wilderman directed by Sheryl Martin

In his new career path as a youth minister, Jake faces a tough crowd: the teenagers in the youth group who absolutely adored his predecessor. When the overly optimistic new minister tells the teens they can “ask him anything,” the questioning takes some problematic turns, some funny, others heading in a darker direction, ultimately landing Jake in the middle of a biblical debate he never would have predicted.

“Meemaw’s Bear Tales” written & directed by Sarah King Bartell

A grandmother separated from her grandkids tries to entertain them with some good old southern folktales as you’ve never heard them before, with brand-new origin stories such as How the Bear Learned to Hibernate, How the Mouse Got Her Long Tail, and How the Fish Got Her Gills. These charming stories examine Americana and stereotypical American traits such as resourcefulness, cunning, and persistence.

I first worked with Namron Players Theatre back last year during the initial wave of the pandemic to bring their stage play, Lunch Box, as an online production done in the style of a series of vlogs. With COVID-19 still limiting live theatre, the group had me back for their 2021 one-act plays.

For this production, I was the videographer on all three productions, with the exception of the ZOOM scenes in Barely Baptized. I enjoyed working on some creative scripted videos as I haven’t been able to do that in a long time.

I hope you enjoy this series of one-act plays!