2014-03-20 / Letters to the Editor

Theater excited to try something new

It is with guarded excitement that I am directing the Jamestown Community Theatre’s spring production, “Three One Acts Plus.” Why guarded? Well, we are trying something new, something different, and that always brings some apprehension.

First of all, after several years, we are performing once again in April. Next, we are not doing a musical or a full-length play. Instead, we are doing three one-act plays, plus a little something extra.

Over the years, the theater has been encouraged by audiences to present more diverse theater, to spread our wings and take some risks. That is just what we are doing with our next production. The result, during our rehearsals, has demonstrated that we should have done this before. Two of the one-acts are comedies, and we are finally able to get through the blocking of the scripts without our own laughter preventing us from proceeding. The third is dramatic, poignant and emotional; a play that shows so much strength in acting, one becomes completely absorbed in the moment. The “plus” is just that, a little extra, JCT-style.

There is only one weekend of performances: Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. We aren’t charging much for tickets, because we are trying something different – only $5 in advance and $7 at the door. (You can’t see a movie in a theater for that.) Tickets can be purchased in Jamestown at Baker’s Pharmacy, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, Secret Garden and Conanicut Marine Ship’s Store, in Wickford at Midnight Sun, and in Newport at Pleasant Surprise.

Although the plays are a bit more sophisticated than our fall shows in content, families are encouraged to come, as the comedies will be valued by all ages, although interpreted differently, and the script in the third play includes some important information that is worthy of discussion.

In addition, on Thursday, April 3, there will be a rehearsal performance strictly for the teens who frequent the teen center, the seniors who frequent the senior center or live in Pemberton apartments, and for people who reside in Jamestown’s group homes. There are no tickets required, just show up.

Please join us, support your island theater in our new endeavor. I truly would like to remove the word “guarded” from my earlier phraseology of “guarded excitement” on opening night.

Mary Wright
Highland Drive

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