Otter Valley to stage five one acts
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School’s award winning Walking Stick Theatre will present a collection of one-act performances on Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m.
Students are directing four of the five short plays to be performed.
“Governing Alice” by C. Denby Swanson is a modern adaptation of the Greek classic Antigone. The story focuses on a rebellious high school student named Alice, whose older brother, the class valedictorian, is shot while robbing a convenience store. Facing an unyielding principal, Alice must find a way to honor her brother and come to grips with his bad behavior, all while accompanied by a bookish Greek Chorus.
Audiences will get a chance to laugh when students present “Thirteen Ways To Screw Up Your College Interview.” When two college recruiters at a prestigious university need to fill one last spot to keep their jobs, 13 eccentric, dimwitted and nutty high school seniors are eager to come in for an interview and hilarious chaos ensues.
In the drama “Shadows of Antiquity,” Madame Carlotta is the custodian of a shop in which each of the items on sale has a gruesome story attached to it. A young couple sheltering from a severe storm find refuge in the shop and are enthralled as Madame Carlotta’s tales come to life, little knowing that they will be the subject of the next tale.
In “A Mystery Tour,” a flower arranging society holds its annual mystery tour at Blockley Castle, just like every other year. But this year there’s an escaped elephant, a missing kleptomaniac, the discovery of a mistress and the most tragic secret yet. Audiences will love this dramedy.
Jeff Hull, director of the Walking Stick Theatre, will lead students in the play “Peter/Wendy.” In this lyrical, atmospheric interpretation of Peter Pan, Jeremy Bloom strips the familiar story down to its emotional essence. Peter lures Wendy away from her nursery to the magical world of Neverland, where she joins his adventures with Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the menacing Captain Hook. An inventive adaptation that pays homage to the darker themes of J. M. Barrie’s original, “Peter/Wendy” will mesmerize audiences of all ages. This performance also includes original music by an OV student, which is performed by a quartet.
Performances will be held in the high school theater and tickets will cost $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.
Otter Valley Union High School’s thespians have been praised for their work. Their one act performance of “Inevitable” won top honors at the state festival and went on to be performed at the New England one-act competition in Connecticut.
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