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Several firsts with new theatre production at Regis

April 5, 2013

This year’s annual spring theatre production will be most unusual, and not just because of the name. The Regis College Theatre Company will present A Most Unusual Pencil by Ron Dune, directed by a senior Jacqueline Williams. A theatre major, she is the first student ever to direct a studio theatre production for the Regis College Theatre Company.

When one of her teachers moved away last fall, Williams stepped in. She searched for one-act plays that would be fun but not so overwhelming for a first-time director. “I am not used to being on this side of the stage,” says Williams. “But it’s a great opportunity for me.” The eight-person cast consists of members of the freshmen and senior class as well as Regis alums. Williams is coordinating everything from costume design, set design, cast and crew. According to Frans Rijnbout, Associate Professor of Theatre and Coordinator Theatre Program, “Jacqueline has grown into an outstanding actor during her study at Regis College. Her dual major in theatre and communication has given her the skill set not only to star in a production but to direct it.”

A Most Unusual Pencil castA Most Unusual Pencil is about a typical high school student named “Dax” who finds a most extraordinary pencil. When he uses it in creative writing class, any character he creates suddenly comes to life. “This play is different,” says Williams. “It’s not something you see every day.” The 30-minute comedy explores many themes including the student-teacher relationship, adolescent self-image, and trust and betrayal.

This first student-directed play will also be the first production in the newly dedicated Patricia Teehan Sullivan’55 Studio Theatre. Previously called the Black Box Theatre, it was recently refurbished, with extensive improvements to the lighting and sound systems. According to Steve Hall, Director of the Regis College Fine Arts Center, “The theatrical lighting and audio systems were brought to a level that is comparable to professional facilities of this scale.”

A Most Unusual Pencil will run Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30pm; Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm; Friday, April 12 at 7:30pm; and Saturday, April 13 at 2:00pm in the Patricia Teehan Sullivan’55 Studio Theatre at the Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for general public; $10 seniors, students, Regis College faculty, staff and alumnae; $5 children under 12; Regis College students and LLARC members are free with ID.

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