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