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One-act plays a hit at Hedgesville festival

February 07, 2006|by EDEN ERICKSON

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Four plays, three hours, nine awards, one great evening of entertainment.

The annual One-Act Play Festival had another successful production on Friday, Feb. 3, at Hedgesville High School. The festival consists of four student-directed plays, each of which is one act long. One play is presented by each class.

Four judges from outside the high school give awards for the evening's best work in several different categories.

The first play performed Friday evening was a light comedy, "Midnight at World's End" by Gabriella Miyares. Junior Sean McCants directed the play's freshman cast, which received three awards at the end of the night. Lizzy Fairfax won the best actress award, Caitlin Brown won best supporting actress, and McCants was the runner-up for best director.

Next on stage was the junior-class performance of "The Middle of Nowhere" by Raleigh Marcell Jr., directed by senior Philip Campbell. Campbell described the play as "a humorous psychological horror with a "Twilight Zone" feel."

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This play won four awards. Marcell won the best play award, Campbell was named best director, and Benjamin Rapp was awarded best actor. The play also was awarded best technical play.

Campbell said his cast was the best group of actors he had ever been involved with.

"I've worked with other casts before, and there have always been problems between the actors," said Campbell, "but this cast was an exception."

The senior-class play, "Take Five" by Westley M. Pederson, was directed by senior Mary Rath. "Take Five" was about a play "gone wrong," according to Rath.

The play won no awards, but the actors kept the audience laughing with their slap-stick performance.

The fourth play, "Two Halves of Andrew's Brain" by Alex Miceli, was directed by senior Wesley Cole and performed by a cast of sophomores. It won two awards: runner-up for best play and best supporting actor for Braxton Porterfield. "Two Halves of Andrew's Brain," was about the "chaos contained in an adolescent mind," Cole said.

Henry Becker, Drama Club adviser and producer of the festival, said he was pleased with the outcome.

"The audience seemed to enjoy themselves as well, which is the most important part of the production," Becker said.

He has been teaching at Hedgesville High School for three years, and each year the one-act festival has been popular.

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