10 minutes of fame
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.
The showcase is interspersed with musical interludes between plays.
Two students at Elkton Station work on a play about a haunted (and sassy) GPS.
A group of students and experienced actors join forces for this play.