Featured in the festival are one act plays written and submitted by playwrights in and outside of Pennsylvania. The five plays chosen were selected out of several that were submitted. The selections were made by a panel of five seasoned theatre professionals. Actor, director and panel member George Casper says, “After a quiet, snowy winter for us, it's great to be back with Gaspipe. There is so much talent out there. It’s wonderful to read these original works.”
After the selections were made, auditions were held to select talented actors to fill the various roles in each unique play. “I love the whole audition process,” said company founder Derek Scott. “People come in and read aloud someone else’s work and you can feel when a certain person is right for a particular role. Whether it’s attitude, stage presence, the sound of their voice, or all three, when it works, it works and it’s just magical!”
Directors and actors alike have been working diligently to bring integrity to each respective play they have been working on. Some actors, such as Andrew Shaffer and Ben Hartman, have been with the Gaspipe Theatre Company for almost all fourteen years that it has been in existence while other actors, like Chad Shaffel, are making their first foray into stage acting. Jessica Paquin, who will be acting in two of the plays this year, will also be taking on directing for the first time. “I’ve always loved acting, but directing is a new thing for me,” she says. “But this great group of people has made it really fun. I’m grateful to Gaspipe for the opportunity to try something I’ve never done before. And with the great scripts we have so full of incredible characters, this may be the best festival yet!”
Tickets for the shows are $10 for adults and $8 for students and will be sold at the door of the respected venues. Saturday, April 26th at 7pm Gaspipe will be performing at the Old Elias Church in Mifflinburg and on Sunday, April 27th at 1pm they will appear at the legendary Campus Theatre on Market Street in Downtown Lewisburg.
(Information from Derek Scott)
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