Abbey Players to Stage Student-Directed Plays

Saint Anselm students are singing, jumping, throwing punches, and otherwise acting up. They are deep in rehearsals for the annual Anselmian Abbey Players One-Act Play Festival to be staged Feb. 2, 3, and 4 at the Dana Center.

Students rehearse for the 2012 one act plays

Students rehearse for the 2012 one act plays to be performed February 2-4. Photo by Audrey Frenette '12.

Unlike most Abbey Players productions, these half-hour plays are directed by fellow students. One, “Public Opinion,” is an original work written by Players Matt Hurd ’13 and Jack Holder ’12. “The Apple,” a satire, is directed by Nicholas Pierce ’12. Catherine Carroll ’12 directs a fast-paced parody, “slasreveR neveS” (Seven Reversals, spelled backward).

The Abbey Players are in their 64th season. The one-act play festival is a longstanding tradition highlighting students’ originality, creativity, and directing skills. It is, says producer and English professor Landis K. Magnuson, “a real opportunity for individuals to grow as artists and demonstrate leadership.”

This year’s production involves 29 cast members, four directors, and a crew of about a dozen attending to lighting, sound, stage management, costumes, and make-up.

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