Four Upper School students “wordsmithed” their way to recognition in the 2016-17 Circle Theatre High School Playwriting Project. The script titled Three, by FinnConnor ’18, was chosen as a Finalist, and the script titled Plastic Family, by ChloeGilpin ’19, was a Semi-Finalist in this year’s playwriting project. Scripts written by AnnaleeKerrigan ’17 and AveryPate ’19 were among the 20 highest ranked entries submitted for consideration.
Both Connor and Gilpin also had their plays chosen for the Neighborhood Play Festival to be produced by Stage West in the Festival of the Kid.
A public reading of Connor’s script will be presented at Circle Theatre on Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. This reading is free and open to the public. Prizes and awards will be given to Finalists, Semi-Finalists and their teachers, followed by a special “meet & greet” reception.
About the High School Playwriting Project
The High School Playwriting Project began as a collaboration between Rose Pearson (co-founder and executive director of Circle Theatre) and Larry Boston (an Eastern Hills High School theatre teacher) in 1996. When Boston received a playwriting scholarship award from the Star-Telegram, he approached Pearson with the idea of having readings of his students’ plays at Circle Theatre, presented by a professional director and cast of actors.
Each year, the project begins with an invitation to area high school teachers to enter 10-minute scripts, written by their students, for evaluation by an experienced panel of theatre peers. These judges read the anonymously submitted plays, write responses for each script and choose 20 plays to send to Connie Whitt-Lambert, Theatre Professor at Texas Wesleyan University.
Whit-Lambert and her playwriting students then provide written analyses for each of the 20 plays. From these submissions, up to four playwrights are then invited to the Wesleyan campus for additional discussion about their works. This provides an opportunity to edit their original submissions.
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