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Teens, coaches stage 'Page to Stage'

Library event May 6 sees adults, teens work on original scripts

Submitted by Mark Durbin Published: May 24, 2017 12:00 AM
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TWINSBURG -- Twinsburg teens showcased their theatrical talents by producing four original plays in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Twinsburg Public Library May 6 as part of the "Page to Stage Theatre Project."

The plays were written, cast, rehearsed and produced in about 24 hours.

The process began May 5 when participants met at the library at 3 p.m. for writing and rehearsing.

Four writers volunteered, then the directors and actors were assigned to each play using a random drawing.

Writers were challenged to include three things in their plays: a reference to the Twinsburg Bicentennial, a ukulele, and the line, "I didn't know you could do that in a library."

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The teams discussed possible story ideas and then departed to start writing.

Participants returned to the library at noon May 6 and began working with adult coaches to help shape the written words into workable productions.

Coaches included Mark Durbin, Claudia Lillibridge, Andrew Gordon, Brian Bull, Mike Turle and Lisa Durbin.

Plays included:

■ "The Beauty of Alexandria," a historical piece written by April Dale, directed by Maddie Sudnick, and featuring Kevin Onion, Zahra Najafi, and Jovan Wright;

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■ The "Ukulele Merchant Part 3," a coming of age story written by Michael Turle, directed by Carolyn Todd, and featuring Lilly Horvat, Carlene Kijauskas, and Hyland Borkman;

■ "Catalyst in G-Flat Major," a time travel story written by Alex Callahan, directed by Kiara Durbin, and featuring Sydney Goldstein, Kevin Boozer and Mallory Mentzer; and

■ "The Myth of Roman," a zany break-in caper written by Brennan Norberg, directed by Bella Perrin, and featuring Brennan, Bella, Jack Swanson, Kayla Gitterman, and Noah Bartolovich.

After multiple rehearsals and a quick pizza and veggies dinner, the hard work paid off as participants performed their productions starting at 7:30 p.m. in front of a capacity crowd in the main meeting room at the library.

Carolyn Todd and Kiara Durbin were instrumental in promoting "Page to Stage" to their fellow students.

The concept of a 24-hour theatre project originated last year with "Twinsburg Winterfest" that was presented at the high school under the direction of Erin Bennett, the drama club advisor.

-- Submitted by Mark Durbin

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