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ACT 2016 Short Play Festival
Producers: Laoti Bussone
Christie Young
Directors: Michael McCormack
Lexi Quagliozzi
Fee:$175 due at audition.
No refunds after start of auditions.
Registration:Aug 8–Sep 8
AuditionsTue Sep 13th, 5:30-7:00PM

Mon & Wed: 5:30–8:00 PM starting September 19th.

There will be one to two rehearsals per week per play, no more than two hours each.

Dress Rehearsals: October 17–19

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Performances: 7 PM Fri Oct 21
2 PM Sat Oct 22
2 PM Sun Oct 23
Arlington Masonic Temple
Reduced program fees are available to those who require financial assistance. An application for reduced program fees must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the first meeting of a production or workshop to be considered. Please contact the treasurer for more information.
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Arlington Children's Theatre
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Arlington MA, 02474

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2016 Short Play Festival

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Welcome to ACT's 2016 Short Play Festival. We are glad you are able to join us.


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Auditions are scheduled for Tue, Sep 13th 5:30–7:00 PM

In preparation for auditions, please:

First Rehearsal

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Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 19th. Rehearsal will begin at 5:00 and is scheduled until 8:00, however, some actors may be dismissed sooner depending on their role. The parent meeting will be held at 5:00 on Monday so please stick around after drop off.

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Links to the online schedule for all shows can be found in the table on the right. These schedules will continue to be updated as rehearsals start, so be sure to check back frequently.

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About the Plays

With a variety of short productions, the Ten Minute Play Festival offers ACTors more opportunities to explore their talents than they might find in a larger production.

The Plays
Hands Across the Sea by Noel Coward
Director:Alexis Quagliozzi
Lady Gilpin (Piggie) is so busy with social duties and gossip that she has no time for coherent thinking. She is set aflutter when her drawing room is suddenly filled with her husband's naval conferees, blueprint delivery boys and dumpy Mr. and Mrs. Wadhurst from the Far East, who flighty Piggie mistakes for the Rawlingsons. The Wadhursts overhear intimate phone conversations, are stumbled over, spilled upon and completely ignored before Piggie finally gets it straight.
Cocoanut Soup At the Palace or, If the Marx Brothers Had Performed “Oedipus the King” by Thomas Hischak
Director:Michael McCormack
Sophocles meets the Marx Brothers! The famous tragedy Oedipus the King is given a rough going over by the zany brothers and the result is a parody that delights audiences, even those unfamiliar with the Greek play or Hollywood's Marx Brothers.
The Lion Who Roared by Colleen Neuman
Directors:Victoria Kleber and Laura Kirchner
The Lion Who Roared is about a noisy lion who roars all night long and whose weary jungle neighbors yearn for a good night's sleep. Lion is challenged to three contests by the Popalopalus -- a new "animal" that all the jungle animals join together to create. This Popalopalus proves to be biggest, strongest and, most of all, loudest. Lion must trade in his roar for a whisper.
Robbers are Everywhere by Colleen Neuman
Directors:Victoria Kleber and Laura Kirchner
A poor man must go on a trip and entrusts his meagre bag of coins to a rich woman in his absence. On his return she gives him a bag containing stones and denies all knowledge of his coins. The man tells everyone in the market place that this bag contains jewels. The woman hears this and, greedy as ever, insists he take back the bag with his coins in exchange for the bag of "jewels." Which he is very happy to do.

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