Grades 9 and 10 Rehearse for One-Act Plays

Actors in Grades 9 and 10 will present two one-acts for the fall play on Friday, October 24, at 7:30 PM in the Richard Perry Theatre.

Actors in Grades 9 and 10 will present two one-acts for the fall play on Friday, October 24, at 7:30 PM in the Richard Perry Theatre.

Students have been preparing for the performance since auditions the first week of school. The evening will include two one-act plays, La Dispute and The Potboiler.

"The plays are wonderful and very different," said director Ezra Barnes. "I wanted to find two contrasting pieces with parts that young actors would find accessible, which would be a lot of fun to work on and have many roles!"

In Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Mariveaux's La Dispute, a comedy that evokes Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a group of aristocrats try to simulate the conditions of the Garden of Eden to determine who is more unfaithful in love, man or woman. In The Potboiler, a comedy by Alice Gerstenberg, a play is being rehearsed by a tyrannical director/author, a leading lady, an ingenue, a villain, a villainess, a hero, two apprentice playwrights, and a janitor.

"This is a wonderful group, from the actors to the stage managers," Barnes added. "They're willing to try just about every silly idea I throw at them, and ones they throw at each other. I think theatre is a great venue for young people to develop their creativity, and these kids are creating!"

A teacher, actor, and director, Barnes lives in Brooklyn with his family and runs the Young Actors Workshop. He has performed at numerous New York and regional theatres, as well as in movies and on television.

Tickets for the one acts may be purchased at the door. There will be a reception following the performance for students and their families.

Cast for The Potboiler
Gus: Stephanie Bongiovi    
Sud: Dylan Thompson    
Wouldby: Christina Dellaporte
Couldby: Ashley Greaves    
Miss Ivory: Allison Farraye    
Mrs. Pencil: Emily Loeweus    
Mr. Inkwell: Josef Abramov    
Mrs. Ivory: Lauren Farraye    
Mr. Ruler: Alison Goldberg    

Cast for The Dispute
The Prince: Olivia Atlas         
Hermiane: Kasey Serrano    
Carise: Maggie Parson    
Mesrou: Isabella Luksh    
Egle: Krista Cederstrom    
Azor: Anthony Vaccaro    
Mesrin: Joe Gambino         
Adine: Sophia Dougherty         
Dina: Stephanie Bongiovi    
Meslis: Josef Abramov    
Servants: Stephanie Bongiovi and Josef Abramov    

Stage Managers: Tom Carswell and Sam Alter              
Costumes: Veronica Towers-Dioso     

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