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Teacher and Student Playwright Celebrate Milestone

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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, “Frankie and the Gingerbread Boy”, 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.
“This is the first year that Playwriting has been a part of Foxcroft’s curriculum,” Bobby said. “There has been a tremendous output of work, and Erin Boyer has been right at the top of it all.”
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, “I plan to have a cake,” Mr. Keniston said, “To celebrate my 10th publication, and Erin’s first staged reading.”
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. “It is a way for the playwright to hear the words, and see the actors on their feet,” Mr. Keniston says. “It’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.”
Boyer’s play is a period piece drama called “The God of Bread”, an ingenious piece that is part murder mystery and part romance. “Frankie and the Gingerbread Boy” deals with problems of bullying and the social structure within a high school. “I’m honored to have one of my students as my ‘opening act’,” Keniston said. “And 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.”
This event is open to everyone 13 and up. “There’s nothing too inappropriate,” Keniston assures, “But they are written for high school audiences.”
There is no admission for this event, though donations will be accepted for the Masque Account. Please e-mail gnign@hotmail.com for more information.

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