The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 14, 2007


Carlisle actors gather in the CCHS auditorium for a rehearsal. Surrounding David Dawson, in front, are, left to right, Sean Dwyer, Phil Dumka, Katie Innamorati, Alex Sayde, Ted Alexander, Amanda Caddell, Rachel Dumka and Adam Johnson. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Carlisle students play a major role on CCHS stage

A third of the on-stage performers in this weekend's first-ever 3x3x3 Stage Festival at the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) are Carlisle students, reflecting the community's interest in the performing arts. The Carlisle actors in the cast of 30 include Ted Alexander, Amanda Caddell, David Dawson, siblings Phil and Rachel Dumka, Sean Dwyer, Katie Innamorati, Adam Johnson and Alex Sayde. Carlisle is also well represented on the technical crew with four of the 11 members: Sarah Ganek, Drew Lockwood, Lauren Means and David Yanofsky.

The Festival includes three performances of three different genres of plays on three different stages for a single ticket price. The components are The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang, selections from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind by the Neo Futurists, Labor Day by Sheri Wilner, and The League of Semi-Super Heroes by Val Smith and Michael Bigelow Dixon.

Ticket sales begin at 3 p.m. at the high school on Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16, and the event begins promptly each day at 4 p.m. Tickets for students and senior citizens cost "a roll of the die" ($1-$6), and for adults they cost $8 plus "a roll of the die" ($9-$14).

Audiences attend one of three simultaneously running performances, and after viewing a performance, about a half hour in length, go to the next stage. The three performance locations at CCHS are the main auditorium, the little theatre, and the courtyard. Students will be on hand to direct audiences to the performance locations. The format enables each actor participating to perform three times at a single event for a total of six performances over the weekend.

Senior directs her first play

CCHS senior Carrie Abend. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Carlisle also is well represented off stage. CCHS senior Carrie Abend of Maple Street, a town resident since age five, will be the town's first solo student director of a CCHS production. Concord sophomore Erika Schaefer will also make her directing debut at the event.

Abend has worked on numerous productions in her high school career, both on and off stage, culminating in her role in as assisting student director in last spring's production, Evita. Her role as director of Labor Day this weekend marks the first time she has had total responsibility for a production.

"I really like dancing and acting and singing," says Abend although she hasn't had an on-stage role since her sophomore year. When participating in the middle school production of Guys and Dolls at the Carlisle Public School, she decided to forgo an on-stage role and chose to work as part of the technical crew in building the stage. Abend admits that she prefers to be in charge, and that's why working offstage appeals to her. Nonetheless, she is a bit nervous about being totally responsible for the success of a production.

"It's terrifying," admits Abend. "They [the actors] are my peers, so there's always a line between bossing them around and getting down to business. The other hard part is just realizing how much work goes into it — I have to get the costumes, and the food that goes on stage, and making sure everyone is comfortable with what I'm having them do. It's kind of exciting, but the night before the first rehearsal I was so nervous."

Abend is applying early decision to the School of Communications at Syracuse University. She hopes to focus on journalism at the school and has written several times for the Carlisle Mosquito as its high school correspondent.

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