The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 11, 2013

Company features one-act plays

LEWISBURG — The Gaspipe Theatre Company is hosting its third annual One-Act Play Festival in three different communities around the area. 

For several months before, aspiring playwrights were encouraged to submit one-act plays which in turn were judged by a panel of theater company board members. Out of nine submissions, four plays were picked for inclusion in the festival.  Some submissions came from as far away as Illinois and Hawaii. 

“We were very, very pleased by the level of participation and the quality of the work submitted for this year’s festival,” said company founder and chairman of the board Derek Scott. “Playwrights definitely stepped up to bat this year with plays that we found insightful, funny, dramatically charged, but most of all entertaining.”

Once the decisions were made on which plays would be used in the production, the company then held open auditions to fill the needed roles.  The talent pool ranged from actors with decades of stage experience to first-time novices embarking on their first theatrical foray. 

“Believe it or not, there was not that much ‘coaching-up’ needed to make the less experienced actors stage-worthy,” said Scott. “Acting is more than learning your lines and emoting.  It’s about stage presence and attitude. Acting is about reacting and forging a relationship with character you portray and the characters around you.” 

The troupe has been rehearsing and is looking forward to bringing some talented writers’ visions to the stage.  The following plays will be performed: “Family Business,” by Kay Poiro, is a somewhat whimsical “what if” centering on the aftermath of classic heroine Cinderella’s appearance at the Royal Ball.  It will be directed by George Casper, and stars Sophia Peterson, Danielle Botkin and Ken Kopf.  “Chances,” by Verlaine Shaw, is a dramatic piece which concerns the relationship of an ill-suited couple and temptation.  Its director is Ben Hartman, and the actors are Lisa Rae Johnson, Andrew Shaffer, Hope Kopf, Fred Hooper and Scott; “The More Things Change” was written by George Freek. It’s a comedic piece leaning toward farce and tells the story of two couples and the dynamics of their relationships.  “Game Birds” was written by Scott and concerns four friends/businessmen attempting to play a game of cards through several distractions. Scott and Jessica Paquin co-direct and the actors are Hartman, Seth Drick, George Casper, Lauren Rambo, Jess Paquin and Scott. 

Performance will be held:

-- 7 p.m. Friday, the Actor’s Group Building (beside the Bullfrog Brewery), Williamsport

-- 7 p.m. Saturday, the Milton Moose, Front Street, Milton

-- 1 p.m. Sunday, the Campus Theatre, Lewisburg

Tickets are $10; $8 for students and Campus Theatre members.

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