The CHS Opening Knights Present TRAUMEDY: A One-Act Play Festival

The CHS Opening Knights Present TRAUMEDY: A One-Act Play Festival

Love to laugh? Love to cry? Come experience the full range of emotions at Traumedy: A One-Act Play Festival produced by Century High School's Opening Knights drama club.

Eldersburg, Maryland - Century High School's (CHS) award-winning Opening Knights Drama Club proudly announces their fall production of Traumedy: A One-Act Play Festival, to be performed on November 8, 9, 10 and 16 at 7:00 PM and November 17 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

In this festival of one-acts, six student directors have chosen plays that will offer a true catharsis - from comedy to tragedy and back again. Shows include Feed the Whales: The Saga of the Boy Band Oreo by Don Zolidis; Things Fall (Meanwhile) by Barton Bishop; Surviving Lunch by KT Curran; and 368 Friends by Bradley Walton.

Feed the Whales is a hilarious adventure with smooth dance moves and crisp vocals. It tells the story of the unlikely creation of a boy band for a charity event. Things Fall explores the funny ways that people's stories are intertwined, through a truly unique and mesmerizing tale. Surviving Lunch deals with serious themes of bullying and grief but is ultimately a story about the healing power of friendship. 368 Friends takes us deep into the issues of isolating social media experiences, depression and suicide.

The student directors, under the supervision of Mr. Lucas Hewitt, drama teacher at Century High School, are excited to bring Traumedy: A One Act Play Festival to the stage at CHS to once again showcase the amazing and talented Opening Knights' Drama Club actors. Co-Director Bradley Naylon says, "From the crazy characters to the ridiculous comedy, I think the audience will thoroughly enjoy Feed the Whales."

Surviving Lunch has been performed across the country as part of an anti-bullying campaign. The show has evoked extensive post-show discussions and evaluations and has been highly praised by teachers, administrators and students. Co-Director of Surviving Lunch, Beth Malinoski, says, "I'm excited to showcase all the hard work and dedication that my actors have put into the one-act." Andrew Fleming, the Director of 368 Friends, reflects, "Some of the shows that we have chosen are extremely relevant to today's young people. Because these shows are acted and directed by teens, I think the audience is really going to enjoy seeing our perspective."

Ticket Information: Tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.centurydrama.com or at the door. Seating is limited as we will be performing this show in a more intimate setting with the audience seated on the stage surrounding the actors on three sides. Purchasing tickets in advance and arriving early are highly recommended. For additional information, please contact Mr. Hewitt at (410) 386-4400.

Performances will take place in the Century High School auditorium on November 8, 9, 10 and 16 at 7:00 PM and November 17 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Photo: The cast of Surviving Lunch, a play about bullying and the healing power of friendship. From left to right: Will Gounaris (back), Sophie True, Rachel French, Brian Rusk and Quinn Brothers (middle), Abby Upshaw (front)

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