Many people underestimate how much time and effort it takes to put on a play, however it takes much longer than expected. As one of the CMHS Official Drama Geeks I know what it takes to put on and perform a play. It takes hard work, which means: the ability to not pass out on stage or get sick for whatever reason, lots of memorization, improv, and flexibility (not the physical kind either).
In the play most recently put on at CMHS, ‘Shakespeare's Inferno’ looks simple to the minds of watchers. However for the cast members it could be considered hard, especially when disaster shook the casted class. Our original Captain Fluellen had left this school around a month before the play was set. What do you do? The play was already memorised by the original cast (and Mrs. Erwin requires everyone to be casted, rarely is there a backstage crew), so who was brave enough to take a lead role? Joseph Smart and Reece Newton, who both also play Shakespeare.
So that is how important it is to be flexible. Many times people have stage fright as well, they either mess up a lot, or just forget their lines! Without anyone to save the play, its just awkward silence, and no one knows what to do. I’ve saved a few plays with improv before. If the line is, “I thought I told you to shut up! You have no idea what I went through in that house of horrors, you have no idea!” and they forget their line, then no one can continue. If you use improv, its ridiculously hard to actually think of something on the spot, however not impossible. To save the play, all you could say is something simple, like, “I’ve been where you have been, I know what happened in that house.” though it also depends on the characters, the people playing them, and the background of the play.
So, that’s only half of how hard it is to put on a play. There are also lots of difficulties with technology, people, and costumes. If you don't want to try setting on a play, I’d say stay out of drama and watch the productions. It is way easier, and plus new people can try. They can see the hardships of putting on and performing a play.