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Seven one-act plays features trio at Rosebud's budding playwrights' festival

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Left to Right: Featured playwrights include Anna Dalgleish, Mikayla Whitehouse, and Emily-Anne Salkeld. Left to Right: Featured playwrights include Anna Dalgleish, Mikayla Whitehouse, and Emily-Anne Salkeld. Contributed

Seven emerging playwrights will present one-act plays at the Budding Playwright’s Festival under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Lucia Frangione, known to local audiences for her plays Chickens, Cariboo Magi, and Holy Mo.

The Budding Playwrights Festival celebrates original plays embracing a wide range of styles and genres. “This year’s theme seems to be the relationship between love and ambition,” says Frangione. “We have plays exploring the fantastical and supernatural, romance and comedy, as well as tragedy and mystery.”
Introduction to Playwriting is an online course offered through Rosebud School of the Arts. The participants write in relative isolation, separated in distance from their instructor and each other. This year’s participants, originating from Rosebud, Calgary, Toronto, and Saskatoon, will meet each other at the Budding Playwrights Festival to hear staged readings of their work.
Student Emily-Anne Salkeld approaches the festival with some trepidation. “I’m terrified to show my work, because it’s vulnerable on a way deeper level than acting; it’s my personal thoughts and experiences splayed out,” says Salkeld, quickly adding that Frangione gave her “confidence to embrace my inner writer.”
Frangione is known for fostering each student’s unique voice by encouraging them to write what is on their hearts and minds and pushing them out of their comfort zone.
“I know first-hand the power and delight of Lucia’s written voice, and taking the course strengthened my own storytelling abilities,” says Anna Dalgleish, who acted in Frangione’s Cariboo Magi this past Christmas while participating in the playwrighting class.
Speaking of the festival’s larger impact, student Mikayla Whitehouse sees the festival as “an important part of Canadian theatre by training and supporting local playwrights.”
The Budding Playwrights Festival is made possible by the hard work of the community of Rosebud. The one-act plays are brought to life by volunteer directors and actors. Scripts are distributed two days before the festival with four hours of rehearsal on the day of the public reading. But according to festival organizer Leah Hearne, none of that matters until an audience hears the play.
The Budding Playwrights Festival runs May 27 and 28, 7:00 pm at the Akokiniskway Gallery in Rosebud. Admission is by donation to the RSA Scholarship Fund. A mature audience is recommended as some plays contain content and language that may be deemed offensive or provocative.
Performance Details: May 27 and 28, Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. Admission by donation to Rosebud School of the Arts Scholarship Fund Seating is first come, first serve seating and the show is about 120 Minutes.

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