Hyannis, MA – Students from Sturgis Public Charter School’s East and West campuses will perform one act plays at Cape Cod Theatre Company in Harwich, NA. Following the performances, which run from February 7-9, both schools will participate in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) Festival, a competitive event that includes 112 one-act plays produced by member high schools. Sturgis West qualified for the semifinals in 2018 and 2019.
This year, Sturgis East will be performing Mother Courage and Her Children, a one act play by Bertolt Brecht. The play is co-directed by Diana Young, East’s theater teacher and Julia Keeling, a student at East. Mother Courage and Her Children follows the fortunes of Anna Fierling, nicknamed Mother Courage, who is determined to make a living during wartime, but in the end it destroys her family and she loses all three of her children. Sturgis West will be performing Dark Road by Laura Lundgren Smith. The play is co-directed by Anna Botsford, West’s theater teacher and Ava Mark and Patrick Tompkins, students at West. The play, which takes place in Nazi Germay, is a powerful drama about the choices a person can make that allow evil to become ordinary. The story follows a women’s shift to the “evil side” after she becomes a guard in a women’s concentration camp and shows how her kind-hearted sister deals with her transformation.
Sturgis’ arts programs include a wide variety of offerings. In addition to theatre, students can take chorus, music and art during freshman and sophomore year. Theatre, Music and Art are also offered as high-level international baccalaureate classes junior and senior year. In addition, the East and West campuses hold a joint fall performance through STAGE (Sturgis Theatre Arts Guild of Entertainers), which is an extra-curricular theatre program that produces quality, student-driven productions in a wide variety, such as musicals, Shakespearean classics, and contemporary plays. The campuses will each perform their own winter one-act plays and will compete against each other in the METG festival.
“I am beyond proud to be directing such a powerful and provocative piece, that also feels quite timely,” said Mrs. Botsford. “After several years of performing comedies, we have decided to present a drama and I am impressed with the student's ability to play such diverse and emotional roles with maturity and thoughtfulness."
“I have always enjoyed this play, and I am happy to be producing a show that links so nicely with the study of Theatre Practitioners and Theatre History that we do in IB Theatre. Additionally, several students have taken a leadership role in this production, such as my assistant director, stage manager, and set designer. I am proud of all the hard work they and the rest of the cast and crew are putting into crafting the vision and portrayal of this story,” said Mrs. Young.
The local performances will take place at Cape Cod Theatre Company in West Harwich. Performances will take place:
Friday, February 7, 7pm
Saturday, February 8, 2pm
Saturday, February 8, 7pm
Sunday, February 9, 2pm
General admission tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, and can be purchased at the door or reserved ahead of time by emailing [email protected].
About Sturgis Charter Public School
Sturgis Charter Public School Sturgis is a tuition-free, public high school that accepts students through public lottery regardless of past academic records or individual challenges. Sturgis is dedicated to an “International Baccalaureate (IB) for All” philosophy, preparing high school students for higher education in a supportive learning environment. Sturgis provides each student a rigorous world-class educational program, encouraging academic achievement, intellectual confidence, and personal growth and serves students across Cape Cod & SE Massachusetts at two campuses in Hyannis.