September 16, 2014

Student–directed comedies return to CVU

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Champlain Valley Union High School theater students rehearse a scene from ‘This is a Test,’ one of four student-directed comedy one-acts set to be performed this weekend. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Students will take the reins this weekend for an evening of student–directed comedy one–acts at Champlain Valley Union High School.

Candy Padula, co–curricular theater program director at CVU, said the student–directed one acts used to be performed every other year.

“It had been something we’ve done in the past and there had been some interest in it,” Padula said. “We wanted to see if it’s something that energized the kids and so far it seems to be. They seem to be enjoying it, the directors as well as the actors.”

Four students will direct short plays, including Williston resident Zoey LaChance.

All four directors have been involved in musical productions and straight shows, and have worked on technical crews behind the scenes.

LaChance’s play, “The Actor’s Nightmare,” highlights a common theater nightmare, and includes elements of anyone’s nightmares, like finding oneself without pants.

The play follows “a guy who wakes up on a bare stage and is expected to go on as an understudy, however, he has no memory of ever rehearsing a part or any knowledge that he is an actor,” Padula said.

Williston resident Cole Marino is set to be the stage manager for “The Actor’s Nightmare,” assisting the director, being ready to prompt actors who need help with lines, moving sets and keeping track of technical elements and props.

“The stage manager’s job is a very hard one,” Padula said.

Eight other Williston residents— Julia Cronan, Zach Varrichione, Jack Workman, Mishka Rehak, Rusty Berger, Peter Roy, Jacob Parker and Molly Parker—will take the stage as actors.

Also on the schedule for the weekend are “Porch” directed by junior Maggie Haesler, “Lettice & Lovage” directed by senior Shannon Fahy and “This Is A Test” directed by junior Katie Garra.

“I think it’s a really nice well–rounded evening of four very different shows,” Padula said. “There’s a lot of variety for everyone. They are the four comedies and they help to lighten our day in this long winter.”

Performance dates are Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets can be reserved by calling 482–6991 and will be available at the door.

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