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RHS One Act Play Festival Showcases Student Talent

Victoria Pereira

Sunday, April 27, 2014 • 9:55pm

RANDOLPH, NJ- Scooby Doo, feuding grandparents, family therapy, a fake priest, and a trip to Ireland.  What these all have in common is... they were the subjects of the One Act Plays.

The RHS Drama Club held the Second Annual RHS One Act Play Festival last Wednesday, April 23.  The show was very successful and, with some help from advisors Michele Danna and Tom Kida, it was almost entirely student-produced.

The purpose of the One Act Plays is to give student playwrights and directors a chance to present their short productions on stage in front of their families and peers.  It gives students an opportunity to show their work at a professional level with skilled actors at their disposal.

Each play was fantastic, but there were some crowd favorites. “Rut Ro!” kicked off the night with a bang, bringing back the Mystery Inc. and everyone’s favorite Great Dane.  The play, written and directed by Sam Friedland, had the audience cracking up at Scooby and Shaggy’s antics, Velma and Daphne’s feuding, and Freddy’s attempts to be a good leader.  The play even featured “Recipe for My Love” by Austin Roberts during the chase scene, a classic song featured in the original television series.

On a more serious note, “Kin or Kith” highlights a broken family who attends therapy with an unseen entity known as “the Voice.”  The mother’s severe bouts of depression have torn this family apart and “the Voice” suggests some drastic solutions that test the true relationships between the family members. Writer and director Vincent D’Alessandro put on a fantastic play and the actors, Matthew Ludwig, Lea Sevola, Kevin Bentancur, Emily Cyrier, and Sneha Kodappully, brought the play to life.

Another play that had the audience in stitches was “The ‘Priest,’” written and directed by Matthew Ludwig.  While trying to confess his sin of wanting a Bar Mitzvah, a man, played by Sam Friedland, takes the place of the missing priest and begins trying to help other visitors to the confessional while also helping himself.  The odd situation and the man’s attempts at providing advice made for a ridiculously funny play.

These three plays, along with “Paddywagon” and “It Always Would” by Emma Baxter, “The Ballad of Jonathan and Emily Thourup” by Vincent D’Alessandro, and “Before the Lunch Bell” by Lexi Ludwig were all incredibly written, directed and performed.  The amount of time and effort that went into each of these productions was evident in the audience’s thunderous applause at the conclusion of the festival.  The RHS Drama Club and their loyal supporters all left the showing excited and looking forward to what next year’s fest will bring.

 

 

 

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