posted Apr 3, 2011, 11:18 AM by Bjorn Behrendt
updated Sep 11, 2012, 11:33 AM
RUTLAND - Mount Saint Joseph Academy's storied drama troupe, under the direction of Jennifer Bagley with the assistance of Jessica Audette, has once again been chosen for the Vermont State One Act Play Festival. This year, the MSJ students performed "Blur," which was written by playwright Meg Haley while at school at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Nineteen MSJ plays over the 26 years have been fortunate enough to advance to the state drama festival.
MSJ was selected to perform at the state festival at the regional drama festival that was held at Mill River High School over this past weekend. At the regional festival, excellence in acting awards went to MSJ senior Briana Patten, junior Mara Scaralia, sophomores Alex Reedy and Abby Harvey, and freshman Kit Hudson.
"Blur" addresses eating disorders, using 10 actors and live musicians in 10 scenes to portray the struggles young people go through. Eating disorders are more common than realized. The play deals honestly with the problems but also ends positively as five young women deal with their disorder and are helped by five friends. The cast and crew have been supported in this not only by the playwright, but also by various MSJ alumni, parents and staff who have dealt with the problem.
The state drama festival will be held at Springfield High School from April 8-9, 2011. A local performance of "Blur" will be held on Wednesday, April 6th at 7 PM at MSJ's Jennifer Bagley Theater. All are welcome to attend. Middle school children who wish to attend are encouraged to have a parent chaperone with them.
Mount Saint Joseph Academy is a college preparatory Catholic high school located in Rutland, Vermont specializing in educating the mind and spirit for more than a century. MSJ's tradition of academic excellence in the Rutland region dates back to its founding by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1882. For more information, visitwww.msjvermont.org
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