CDC Theatre Arts students premiere original one-act plays at Oldcastle

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BENNINGTON — The students of the Career Development Center Theatre Arts program will premiere their original one-act plays on Jan. 16-17 at the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington. The works presented in this annual production, written and acted by the students, are always popular for their quality and originality.

This year, nine plays will be performed. "Almost Heaven," by Dray Bourgeois, features a cryptozoologist who travels to West Virginia to study paranormal creatures (including the Mothman). "Waiting Room" by Elizabeth Malinowski is about a couple who meet in a waiting room of a hospital. "Amnesia," by Madison Hopkins, features a student who is struggling to regain his memory the day after a brutal attack. "Area 5 1" by Carson Gordon takes place in a farmer's field where two young men encounter aliens who have sinister plans for the boys' future.

"Family Reunion" by Aubrie Osgood is about a couple who are visited by the woman's parents who are not quite the young man's favorites. "Broken Control" by Evan Kozierok is about a student who is struggling with anger issues. "The Park Bench" by Erica Sholes is about two people who meet in the park and find help and advice from each other. "Writer's Block" by Gabe Schatz and Preston McLellan is a musical about a writer who gets help from an unexpected and unconventional place. "Convenience of Circumstance" by Taylor Hewins is about an evening in a convenience store where two workers discover romance.

The plays are directed by Tim Foley, the CDC's Theatre Arts instructor, and Eric Peterson, producing artistic director of Oldcastle Theatre. Foley is also the adviser for the MAUHS Drama Club, and many of the students are very active in both: many of the Theatre Arts students took part in the recent Drama Club production of "Les Miserables."

Theater Arts is a comprehensive course that prepares students for a career in the theater, entertainment industry and other careers where public speaking and performing skills are needed. Students study all aspects of the theater, including theater as a business and theater as an art form. Showtimes are at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Donations to the Theatre Arts fund will be accepted. For more information, call 802-447-0220.Oldcastle Theatre is located at 331 Main St., Bennington.




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