Rebirth of The Drama Circle - June 11 in Orange, MA
The Drama Circle, dedicated to original works of the stage and screen, is about to be reborn, according to organizer and artistic director Genevieve Fraser. Readings are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month, starting on Saturday, June 11 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Formerly housed at Mount Wachusett Community College, The Drama Circle is now sponsored by the performing arts division of the non-profit organization, Art for Life, at 7 East Main Street, Orange, Massachusetts.
"But this time around we're adding a new twist to The Drama Circle," Fraser stated. "Along with presenting original scripts, we'll also feature readings of scenes from classical theater pieces by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen and others."
"The hope is that by reviewing classical theater, playwrights will develop a solid understanding of the elements needed to create a dramatic work. But just as before, readings as well as the opportunity to submit scripts is open to anyone of any age or ability," Fraser added.
The Drama Circle was originally organized in the mid-1990s and closed in 2002.
Future plans include producing staged readings and full productions at the Orange Town Hall.
"One of the scripts presented at The Drama Circle from years past, 'Lincoln,' is by the nationally recognized author, Michael Riccards. I later adapted it as a musical with songs from the Civil War period. The Orange Town Hall would be a perfect venue for a world premier of this work, and Riccards, who is the former president of Fitchburg State College, has agreed," Fraser said.
If you are an actor or interested in participating in a reading or having an original play or screenplay read, please contact Genevieve Fraser at Tel. # (978) 544-1872, or email: FraserGenevieve@gmail.com. The Drama Circle is free of charge and open to the public.
Genevieve Fraser received a BA in Theater and Communications from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH and an MFA in Theater & Writing from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA . She publishes under the name G. Thomson Fraser.