One Act Play Festival Returns to Boardmore Theatre

The Elizabeth Boardmore One Act Play Festival returns to Cape Breton University March 21-25. The annual celebration will feature five plays over five nights, highlighting the accomplishments of theatre students, teachers, professionals and community aficionados who gather to produce live theatre.

This year, four original works will be showcased: The Voice of Metal, written and directed by Darren MacQueen; Earth's Last Days, written by Kristen Woodford, directed by Kimberely Charron; Her Body, written and directed by Kyle Capstick; and Black Jack 4: The Homecoming, written and directed by James FW Thompson.

The festival is an innovative way of developing local talent notes Playhouse Manager, Todd Hiscock. “The festival provides new and experienced writers, directors and actors an opportunity to showcase their talent, and gives the public a chance to see several quality productions from numerous theatrical styles. The festival continues to delight audiences year after year,” he says.

Marguerite McNeil returns to adjudicate the 2011 festival.McNeilhas had a long and varied theatre and film career, and is still active in the local Nova Scotian and Canadian theatrical scenes. Her early studies were in New York and London including drama work with Vera Soloviova of the Moscow Art Theatre, dance with Valerie Bettis, Savilla Forte and Kathrine Litz, and voice workshops with Marian Rich and Alice Hermes of the Herbert Bergh of Studios. Following the nightly performances, McNeill will lead a public discussion of the plays and the festival awards ceremony will take place following the final show on Friday.

Evening shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets to the One Act Play Festival are $8 General, $5 Students and Seniors and are available at the Box Office or by calling 902-563-1652.

For more information and a complete schedule please visit www.cbu.ca/boardmore.