Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said the performances started Friday. There is no Friday show. The performances begin Thursday, Jan. 24.

The Visual and Performing Arts Department of Ridgefield High School presents An Evening of One-Acts, opening tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the high school’s Black Box Theatre. The short comedies to be presented are The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year by John Guare, Roll Over, Beethoven by David Ives, Beauty by Jane Martin, Perfect by Mary Gallagher, and Funeral Parlor by Christopher Durang.  

The directors are students in the Advanced Acting class of RHS theater teacher and supervising director Sherry Cox. The evening begins with The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, directed by senior Emily Parker, an absurdist play about the strange meetings between a man and a woman in a park. Roll Over, Beethoven, directed by senior Evan Smolin, presents a piano lesson between an awkward teenager and his eccentric instructor.

The third play of the evening is Beauty, directed by junior Ana Kowalczyk, a comedy about a woman who gets three wishes from a genie lamp. Next is Perfect, directed by junior Lucy Basile, about a man and woman who have been matched up at a dinner party, and Funeral Parlor, directed by junior Lane Murdock, in which a widow encounters an inappropriate guest at her husband’s wake. Murdock says her play is “dynamic and talks about the nature of connecting. But, overall, I chose it because it was fun. I wanted to direct something that I could feel my actors loving and, in return, give the audience a chance to feel that love as well.”

In the casts are Callie Amill, Eleanor Andresen, Ava Cowles, Owen Gaydos, Jessica Hay, Liam Huff, Hannah Jay, Reed Koh, Lucy Kubrin, Kyra Linekin, Thomas Mitchell and Sophia Smith. Shane Jaeger is the stage manager. Working tech are DJ Ammirato, Emma Jaeger, Conor Hankla and Maiki Muursepp on lights, and Donata Libonati and RJ Carey on sound.

An Evening of One-Acts will have five performances in the RHS Black Box Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, 26 and 31, and Feb. 1- 2. The show is approximately 75 minutes long and performs without intermission. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Ridgefield seniors who have a Gold Card may enjoy one show for free but must have the card with them for admission. Mature audiences are suggested. Show information is at rhsperformingarts.info.