Friday, March 21, 2014

Twentieth Vancouver Community Theater One-Act Festival Opens This Weekend

Twenty years! The Vancouver Community Theater (VCT) presents it's twentieth annual One-Act Festival over the next two weekends beginning tonight March 21. Three one-act plays (of course) are presented. 

This year's offerings are:

"Always Tomorrow" Mary spends all day writing stories and worrying about her older brother David who works to keep them both afloat.

"Where's Annie?" Annie and Paul plan to announce their engagement to Annie's parents, but Annie misses the train, leaving Paul to break the news to her parents alone.

"Flossie's Crush" Determined Flossie will do anything to catch the eye of Richard Blaloch, son of the wealthy railroad tycoon, even if it means forcing her little brother to help.

VCT obviously has longevity and tenacity, but has never risen to much acclaim. The small company, run by two sisters, is a great training ground for newbies interested in the theater arts; therefore, talent varies widely across the spectrum. Production values tend toward the generally simple and low cost with the exception of women's period costume (which can be stunning).

They often select obscure, royalty-free plays or Shakespeare for production, sometimes offering new plays by local playwrights, and trend toward period pieces that are family-friendly. I Googled the three plays offered this year and could find no ready matches. Their plays are priced so that all can enjoy.

Performances at the Manor Grange, 17901 NE 72nd Ave., Battle Ground, Wash., are offered at 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 28 and 29; and also at 2 p.m. March 22 and 29. Tickets are $7 general, $5 for children and seniors. Call 360-892-4292 for more information.


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