A Night of One Act Plays – Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10

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The Bedford High School Drama Club presents “A Night of One Acts” on May 9th and 10th featuring two contrasting plays directed by BHS Choral and Theater Director, Katrina Faulstich. The two plays are Audience by Michael Frayn and The Lottery by Brainerd Duffield which is based on the famous short story by Shirley Jackson.

The performances run May 9th and 10th at 7pm in the BHS Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be reserved by emailing bedfordhsdramaclub@gmail.com and will be available for pick-up at the door starting at 6pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door starting at 6pm.

Audience

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Theater patron, Mike Mahoney, disrupts the audience when he laughs at the wrong line Director, Linda Bittenson, is annoyed. All images (c) Ed Johnson, 2014 all rights reserved
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Rebecca Kelly-Bowditch (l) watches director Linda Bittenson (r) watch the audience watching her play.

Audience is a satire that features an ensemble cast of thirteen students who portray an audience at a show.

The characters are actually watching the audience, expecting them to perform a play.

Michael Frayn’s British comedy points out the common flaws of modern audience members, such as coming to a show late and forgetting to turn off their electronic devices.

Through the performance, the cast of characters realizes something about themselves, which is what most directors hope for in an audience.

Linda Bittenson (’15) plays the director, and she is joined by Lauren Banister (’15), Sierra Cossingham (’14), Evan Dombkowski (’14), Rebecca Kelly-Bowditch (’16), Michelle Kupershmidt (’16), Michael Mahoney (’15), Kira Perzel-Mandell (’14), Sam Rackey (’17), Jared Rushanan (’17), Hayley Scanlon (’15), Becca Smith (’15), and Deborah Weidman (’17).

The Lottery

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Village mom Theresa Soldan is stunned when her husband, Evan Dombkowski, draws the marked ticket in the village lottery
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Villagers Darius Withrow and Jordan Perzel-Mandell prepare for the annual lottery. Village foreman Jared Rushanan checks his list as his sister, Mei Taylor, rails against the local tradition.

The Lottery examines the morality behind continuing rituals just for the sake of tradition. The show tells of a small American town and their lottery event that is held every year on the 27th of June.

This ensemble cast features many interesting characters, many of whom demonstrate the different roles of a society.

The cast includes Evan Dombkowski (’14), Gabby Griffiths (’16), Jordan Perzel-Mandell (’17), Sam Rackey (’17), Jared Rushanan (’17), Theresa Soldan (’15), Holly Stygles (’15), Mei Taylor (’15), Natalie Tomeh (’17), Ethan Vidyarthy (’16), and Darius Withrow (’17), along with an ensemble of townspeople.

 


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