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Student-Directed Plays Open at Dana Center

February 03, 2016

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

The Abbey Players Spring performanceOpening Thursday, Feb. 4, Saint Anselm College student theater group The Anselmian Abbey Players present their annual One-Act Play Festival in the Koonz Theater of the Dana Center. Performances will be held this weekend on February 4 and 5, and the following weekend on February 12 and 13, with all shows beginning at 7:30 p.m.

This year's one-acts include "Check Please!," "Distracted," and "Hourglass," directed by Saint Anselm students. The One-Act Play Festival is a longstanding Abbey Player tradition that began in 1983.

"Check Please!" is a comedy depicting blind dinner dates gone wrong. Both characters, Guy, played by Ted Boivin '18, and Girl, played by Kaity Beaumont '16, repeatedly find themselves on hilarious blind dates with a range of unpleasant companions, including a kleptomaniac and a mime. It begs the question, will these two ever get lucky in love?

The play, written by Jonathan Rand, is co-directed by Melanie Smith '16, a senior French major with a secondary education minor, and Ally MacDonald '18, a sophomore mathematics major. "Check Please!" features a cast of six Saint Anselm students: Kaity Beaumont '16, Ted Boivin '18, Meredythe Leonard '16, Emily Schomp '18, Jake Miller '18, and Tristan Longley '19.

"Distracted" takes on a more serious subject as Mama, played by Colleen Gaughan '18, is on a quest for answers to find out what is wrong with her nine-year old son Jesse, played by Paige Cashman '19. While some say "he's just a boy," and others think it's ADD, Mama cannot get a final diagnosis, and her son's offstage voice becomes louder and angrier as the show goes on.

Written by Lisa Loomer and co-directed by juniors Nicole DeSimone '17, a communication major with a theater minor, and Morgan Turnbull '17, a forensic science major, "Distracted" has a cast of seven students: Colleen Gaughan '18, Paige Cashman '19, Brendan Mahoney '18, Steph Conti '18, Rose Garron '17, Kelsey Warner '19, and Garrett Meyer '18.

The third and final play, "Hourglass" is a student-written show by Michael Costa '18 and is directed by Kate Dugas '18. The story features two high school seniors, played by Katie DeMasi '18 and Mark Kelly '17, and their experiences with love, loss, and everything in between. A feel-good tale about innocent love and friendship quickly becomes a nail-biter about a mental case and a damsel in distress.

"Hourglass" consists of a cast of nine students: Katie DeMasi '18, Mark Kelly '17, Colton Bergal '19, Matthew Hayes '18, Katie Corbett '16, Alanna Thornton '18, Julia Nosel '19, Jen Cardarelli '18, and Grace Anderson '17.

Tickets are $6 for Saint Anselm students, $7 for faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens, and other New Hampshire college students, and $8 for adults.

For additional information, visit the Dana Center Web site.

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