After School Theatre Arts to present ‘One Night in Paris’ at Dietrich Theater

First Posted: 2/25/2014

The Dietrich Theater is will present a theatrical performance to cure the winter blues Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m.

Students of After School Theatre Arts will present “One Night in Paris,” a play which they created. Admission to this one-time live performance is $5, and tickets will be available at the door. The students have been working on the project for weeks, and the finished show is a culmination of their hard work.

The play takes the audience on a madcap jaunt through the streets and sights of Paris, and the day depicted is anything but typical. The cast of characters is eclectic, and the audience’s challenge is to figure out who isn’t what they pretend to be, and who is craftier than expected. Princesses, spies and British police officers abound, but the audience should be on the look-out for imposters and thieves. A blogger may know too much for her own good, and shenanigans are sure to ensue thanks to a vampire, a ninja, and a germaphobe.

After School Theatre Arts is a free program offered to middle and high school students. It gives participants the opportunity to learn theatre skills in a hands-on environment. The students created their own characters, wrote their own script, and have been practicing to bring their ideas to life on the Dietrich stage. Director Jennifer Jenkins oversees the program and gives students the opportunity to work with an experienced director, providing tools and games that equip students with skills that they can use on and off the stage.

Jenkins also gathered theatre professionals to work side by side with the students so they can learn about the ins and outs of theatre, from auditions and acting, to costumes and makeup, to technical design and crew work. Judy Weist of Stage Door Dance offers students the experience of working with a choreographer, while Costumer Sarah Henn demonstrates costume and makeup design. Assistant Director Laurel Radzieski shares her knowledge and skills in acting, lighting design and crew work.

For additional information, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

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