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Students Prepare One Act Play Festival

For St. Stephen's & St. Agnes' School's Stage One Players, the 2004-2005 season has been a successful one, filled with memorable performances.

The new school year kicked off with a production of "The Miracle Worker," based on the life story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

"The Miracle Worker" was presented to Cappies critics and was open for three shows in November. After a quick break, rehearsal for "Anything Goes," the winter musical, which opened in early March (also open for three performances). Only a few weeks are not spent in rehearsal each year: the initial week of school, which is followed by auditions, and the weeks leading up to winter vacation, before which auditions for the musical are held.

After the musical closes, springs marks for Stage One the annual "One Act Play Festival," a student-directed collection of short plays, presented on two occasions in April. Auditions are held the week after students return from spring break in March and rehearsal continues for about four weeks until opening night. All plays are student cast and student directed, bringing a unique and exciting energy singular to the One Acts. Also, because the time commitment is much smaller than the fall play or winter musical, students who normally would not have time for theatre are able to participate.