Abbey Players Mark 25 Years with Shenanigans

February 8, 2008

Cast of Soap OperaSaint Anselm College’s Abbey Players proudly present this year’s 25th One Act Play Festival, entitled Shenanigans, performed February 7-9 at the Dana Center.

The three plays three performances full of mischief, tomfoolery, and good old fashioned fun include: A Charm of Powerful Trouble, written and directed by Kaitlin Burroughs ‘08; Soap Opera, directed by Robert Lemire ‘10; and The Breakfast Club, adapted and directed by Jennifer Lorenz ‘09.

Kaitlin Burroughs’ A Charm of Powerful Trouble is a comical farce about superstition, bad luck, ancient curses, and all the things that can go wrong on opening night. Mayhem and madness ensue in this one-act farce about the power of superstition and what we must overcome for the love of theatre.

In David Ives’ Soap Opera, a man Manny, who has devoted his life to the repair of Maytag washing machines, is caught between his love for his girlfriend and his love of his washing machine. This comedic play becomes a journey of self-discovery as Manny debates his values.

Jennifer Lorenz ‘09 bases her original adaptation of The Breakfast Club upon the movie, The Breakfast Club, by John Hughes. Five students have weekend detention; a jock, a princess, a misfit, a nerd, and a trouble maker. With not much in common, it is inevitable that some frictions and shenanigans will develop.

The three one act plays are chosen at the end of the first semester by the Abbey Players’ Board of Directors. Composed of a total of 21 actors, the performances define “shenanigans” and also convey realistic lessons.

When asked about the student directors and their plays, advisor Dr. Landis Magnuson, English department, remarks, “Here is a real opportunity for individuals to grow as artists. They can demonstrate leadership in the way that they carry out their rehearsals and bring their productions to fruition. They have taken their particular knowledge of language and their love of language, and they have modeled together and cobbled together plays of real value and importance.”

If you didn’t have the opportunity to check out the One Act Plays, the Abbey Players will be back in action April 4, with the spring musical, Anything Goes.

By Melissa Dacey and Laura Rossi


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