DOVER-FOXCROFT – Bobby Keniston, local playwright and drama teacher for Foxcroft Academy has plenty of reason to celebrate. He recently received his tenth publication for his full-length play, â€śFrankie and the Gingerbread Boyâ€ť, a dark myth for high school students, accepted by Brooklyn Publishers. He can think of no better way of celebrating this milestone than by sharing it with Erin Boyer, a senior at F.A., and a student in Mr. Keniston’s playwriting class, who has finished her very own one-act play, for a night of staged readings, teacher and student.
â€śThis is the first year that Playwriting has been a part of Foxcroft’s curriculum,â€ť Bobby said. â€śThere has been a tremendous output of work, and Erin Boyer has been right at the top of it all.â€ť
This night of celebration and staged readings will take place Tuesday, May 31st at Foxcroft Academy’s Student Center, beginning at 6:30pm. Baked goods will be available and, â€śI plan to have a cake,â€ť Mr. Keniston said, â€śTo celebrate my 10th publication, and Erin’s first staged reading.â€ť
A staged reading is a very valuable tool for a student and professional playwright. Actors, usually still with scripts in hand, read the script and act out certain scenes, without full blocking, props, or costumes. â€śIt is a way for the playwright to hear the words, and see the actors on their feet,â€ť Mr. Keniston says. â€śIt’s a great step for a playwright to have, and I wanted Erin to have the chance to see her remarkable one-act play in this manner before she graduates in June.â€ť
Boyer’s play is a period piece drama called â€śThe God of Breadâ€ť, an ingenious piece that is part murder mystery and part romance. â€śFrankie and the Gingerbread Boyâ€ť deals with problems of bullying and the social structure within a high school. â€śI’m honored to have one of my students as my ‘opening act’,â€ť Keniston said. â€śAnd am especially happy that this will be a chance for her to share her work, and an opportunity for my acting students to work on two new original pieces.â€ť
This event is open to everyone 13 and up. â€śThere’s nothing too inappropriate,â€ť Keniston assures, â€śBut they are written for high school audiences.â€ť
There is no admission for this event, though donations will be accepted for the Masque Account. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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