A Look at the 5th Annual Playwrights in Paradise New Play Festival

LILIANA MORENO REYES |

ST. THOMAS – Anansi the spider, a Ukrainian “Mail Order Bride,” a polar bear and an ornery St. Thomian bus driver joined many other characters to create the 5th annual Playwrights in Paradise New Play Festival that took place in the UVI Little Theatre on Sunday, April 27, 2015.

Students rehearsing at Little Theater.
Students rehearsing at Little Theatre.

Under the professional guidance of one of UVI’s resident playwrights, Dr. Douglas Larche, students from his playwriting class and basic acting class, as well as a few volunteers, presented newly written shows in the form of reader’s theatre.

The show consisted of three segments – a segment of children’s shows based on folk tales, a segment of plays about online dating and a segment of plays on modern life.

Students rehearse a scene at Little Theatre.
Students rehearse a scene at Little Theatre.

The presentation included multiple plays written and adapted by the 6 students in Dr. Larche’s playwriting class, as well as a few written by Dr. Larche himself.

Throughout the course of the shows, the audience members that came to share in the event laughed, cried, and applauded the works of the students.

Cast members rehearsing at Little Theatre.
Cast members at rehearsal in the Little Theatre.

It was definitely an evening that no one with the honor of being in attendance will soon forget.

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