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Harrison High School To Stage Student Plays Friday

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison High School's Theatre Arts, Acting and IB Theater students will present original student plays at the fourth annual Spring One-Act Festival this Friday.

Nine original plays written by students will be showcased. The plays include dramas and comedies ranging from a murder mystery comedy to a drama set in the mind of a comatose boy. The first section of the program will comprise of staged readings of plays written by Introduction to Theatre Arts students. The staged readings will allow the students to hear feedback on their work and revise it prior to production. The plays read will include "Screams in Seattle" by Julia DiLorenzo, "Depression" by Lauren Ryan, "A Written Mistake" by Sam Schmaier, "Which Note to Hit" by Alexandria Ostroumoff and "Making It Big" by Isabella Caltabiano.

The second portion of the program will feature fully staged plays written by Acting students. The plays performed will include "The Choice of Life" by Shyla Solangi, "You Think You Know Someone" by Troy Tripicchio and "On the Other End of the Door" by Amanda Almeida. The plays by Solangi and Tripicchio were performed as staged readings at last year's festival.

The final portion of the program will be the performance of the IB Theater Class. Students in the class collaboratively wrote a play called "High School: Beneath the Surface." The play deals with everything from bullying to prom, and is based on interviews the students conducted about the high school experience. The entire class will perform in the play. Members of the IB Theater class include: Marlina Gomez, Michael Menache, Christopher Morris, Andrew O'Rourke, Nicole Ferrara, Sophie Major, Laura McKinsey, Joseph Menniti, Destiny Poccia, Bernadette Recchia, Sarah Curtis, Tori Lovallo and Halle Mastroberardino.

The Theatre Arts, Acting and IB Theater classes are taught by Nina Mansfield, a published and produced playwright whose plays have been performed in the United States, England, Australia, Canada and Ireland.

The festival will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the HPAC. Admission is free and open to the public.

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