10 min­utes of fame

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By KRIS KIELICH kkielich@ches­pub.com

ELKTON — The the­atre com­mu­nity in Elkton is rich and di­verse, and what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate that than with a show­case of tal­ent from all across the com­mu­nity.

Or­ga­nized by J. Andrew Dick­en­son, per­form­ing arts co­or­di­na­tor for Ce­cil Col­lege, and Kelsy Long, an ad­junct pro­fes­sor of theater, the 10 Minute Play Show­case is a dis­play of what makes theater great in Ce­cil County.

The show runs this Thurs­day, Fri­day, and Satur­day at 7 p.m. at Elkton Sta­tion (tick­ets are $15) and there’s truly some­thing for every­one.

“We wanted an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents here but we also wanted to make it a com­mu­nity theater event. We wanted to com­bine it in a way peo­ple would en­joy,” Dick­en­son said.

Va­ri­ety is truly the name of the game here. There are come­dies and tragedies, as well as mu­sic in­ter­ludes. You have a play about a haunted GPS and a play about a fam­ily cop­ing with the loss of a child.

“We wanted a va­ri­ety of tones and sto­ry­lines, and most of the plays here are orig­i­nal sub­mis­sions,” Dick­en­son added.

Not only are the shows di­verse, but so is the tal­ent.

“You have stu­dents who have never been on stage be­fore and ac­tors who have been on stage for decades,” said Angie Teague, an ac­tor/di­rec­tor in the project.

“I used to see per­for­mances here, and I’ve done mu­sic stuff with Andrew. He asked me to be in one of the plays and I saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to act, which is some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do,” added Joe Sharpe, an­other ac­tor.

Dick­en­son has been grow­ing the mu­sic pro­gram here, and with the theater side grow­ing as well, the funds raised from these per­for­mances will go to ben­e­fit the pro­gram and con­tinue to foster the arts at Ce­cil Col­lege.

“With the the­atre pro­gram grow­ing, we wanted to show­case our stu­dents as well as get the com­mu­nity in­volved. It’s a great in­tro­duc­tion to them and it’s so won­der­ful hav­ing them work with ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors and di­rec­tors. They get to try out their skills,” said Long, who pro­duced the en­tire show.

Both Long and Dick­en­son are hop­ing the com­mu­nity de­vel­ops a sense of pas­sion and won­der at just how ex­cit­ing the­atre in Ce­cil County is af­ter au­di­ences see this show.

“I hope peo­ple see just how strong the theater pro­gram here is. I hope it brings in new stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers ex­cited to be a part of it all,” said Long.

Dick­en­son per­haps summed up his goal even more clearly.

“I hope they can see the va­ri­ety that is pos­si­ble in this com­mu­nity, and I hope an au­di­ence mem­ber can en­joy all of what we have to of­fer be­cause there’s some­thing for every­one,” he said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KRIS KIELICH

The show­case is in­ter­spersed with mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes be­tween plays.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KRIS KIELICH

Two stu­dents at Elkton Sta­tion work on a play about a haunted (and sassy) GPS.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KRIS KIELICH

A group of stu­dents and ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors join forces for this play.

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