Bearden junior takes on unique role as student assistant director for ‘The Crucible’


Meghan Oros

Junior Bella Patterson watches rehearsal, preparing to give notes as the student assistant director.

Junior Bella Patterson is this semester’s student assistant director for the production of The Crucible

Patterson has had an interest in theater since a young age. 

Bearden advanced acting director Ms. Katie Alley chose Patterson as the student director for this production.

“She has a great eye for design and her style of acting is very advanced for her age,” Ms. Alley said. 

Ms. Alley and Patterson work together during practices to make sure that the performance flows smoothly. Patterson is excited for this opportunity. She puts her focus on working individually with the actors and giving helpful advice. 

“Everybody has been so receptive and really values what I have to say,” Patterson said.

She often works after school with the actors to help with specific monologues. 

Patterson was previously in the stage tech class where she made props and costumes. She has also performed in The Crucible at the Knoxville Children’s Theatre.

“She has a really deep understanding of the art of theater and how to amplify storytelling,” Ms. Alley said.

Lindy McCool was a cast member with Patterson in last year’s production of Metamorphoses

“I think Bella has great leadership skills and is a very friendly and personable person,” McCool said. “Everyone gets along with her very well, and she knows how to give people constructive criticism.” 

Added Patterson: “I have really learned about seeing the full picture instead of just my individual performance as an actor. Being assistant director you are able to see the show as a whole and the audience’s perspective.”

The shows are April 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and April 16 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale April 1.