The CCRI Players will present the final production of the 2016-17 season, a program of six student-directed 10-minute plays, this week at the Liston Campus in Providence.
The umbrella title for the plays, which were selected from the works of six different playwrights from the greater Boston area, is “Some Ten Words Long” and was chosen to underscore the brevity of the plays.
The Players have included a student-directed production on their mainstage schedule in each season since 2004-05. This year’s directors, mentored by Associate Professor Luke J. Sutherland, are theater students Trey Hendley, Jerry Middlemis and Chelsea Titchenell, each directing two 10-minute plays.
Hendley, of Providence, a technical track student, is directing “I Don’t Know” by James McLindon and “Evolution” by Peter M. Floyd. He is president of the CCRI Players and recently played Friar Laurence in the Players’ production of “Romeo and Juliet.” He was costume designer for last spring’s student-directed presentation “Can You Deal With It?” as well as assistant costume designer for “Tigers Be Still” and properties master for “The Receptionist.” Last summer, he was wardrobe supervisor at Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck.
Middlemiss, of Providence, a performance track student and former president and vice president of the Players, performed at CCRI this season as Paris in “Romeo and Juliet” and as Paul in “When We Were Young and Unafraid.” Last spring, he was a principal cast member in “Hello Broadway!” after playing Zack in “Tigers Be Still” and Brad Majors in “The Rocky Horror Show.” He made his CCRI debut as Schultz in “Circle Mirror Transformation,” for which he was nominated for both the Irene Ryan acting auditions and for a Motif Award. He is directing “Lost and Found” by Dennis Porter and “Heading Toward Tiki Villa” by Deirdre Girard.
Titchenell, of Coventry, is a performance track student directing “Going Up” by Stephen Faria and “Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” by Patrick Gabridge. Earlier this semester, she received an Irene Ryan nomination for her performance as “Mercutio” in Romeo and Juliet. She served as stage manager for “When We Were Young and Unafraid” after opening the season wielding a sword in “The Haberdasher” as Antoinette and the Duke. She made her first CCRI appearance last season as Janet in “The Rocky Horror Show,” for which she won the Motif Magazine Award for Best Female College Performance, and later earned her first Irene Ryan nomination for her portrayal of Sherry in “Tigers Be Still.” Last June, she was an ensemble member of “Hello Broadway!” and also supervised hair and makeup for the production.
Members of the cast are John R. Adams, Kwana Adams, Micaela Chille, Clarence Bernard Donath, Julia Egan, Carl J. Gerhard, Isaac Larosse, Destinee Mangum, Kayla Newport, Karolyn Pereira, Amber Pouliot, Katie Russell, Stevie Smith, and Leah Vachon.
Set design is by Sutherland; lighting design by Jamie Allstrom; costume design by Trey Hendley, Nicole Trombetti, Tamera Carvalho, Lexi Smith, Ryan Hole, Brandy Silva and Marilyn Salvatore; sound design by Katie Westgate; properties design by Clarence Bernard Donath; and technical direction by Justin C. Carroll. The stage managers are Kat Brown, Victoria Ezikovich and Victoria Jessop.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, April 20 to 22, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23. Tickets cost $10 general admission or $8 for students, seniors and CCRI faculty and staff.
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