Thursday, June 2, 2016

Springfield Community Players present 'The Aliens'

June 3 & 4 – The first play of their 2016 season, THE ALIENS by Annie Baker.

The Springfield Community Players continue their efforts to foster the arts in the Springfield community with the first play of their 2016 season – THE ALIENS by Annie Baker. Performances will take place Friday May 27, Saturday May 28, Friday June 3, and Saturday June 4. Each night the Studio will open its doors at 7 p.m. and the performances will start 7.30 p.m.

THE ALIENS takes place in July in the small town of Shirley, Vermont. It centers on a couple of young men who hang out behind a coffee house and who befriend a young high schooler who works at the coffee house. In the haltingly awkward voices of young men trying to figure out their paths in life, they discuss girlfriends, art, the name of their would be band, as well as singing songs and celebrating the 4th of July. The play combines poetry, music, comedy and drama to explore friendship, art, love and death. The Springfield Community Players production of THE ALIENS will be directed by Scott Stearns, produced by John MacDonald and the cast consists of Wilson Church, Greg Villone, and Tuckerman Wunderle.

Wilson Church is a student at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester. He enjoys spending time outdoors as much as possible and time with friends and family. He would like to thank his beautiful mother for exposing him to the fun in theater. His other performances include “The Lion in Winter”, “The Body in the Trunk,” and “Gypsy”. Greg Villone, a 27 year old actor/writer from Springfield, studied film production and cinema studies at Burlington College. Greg has been in many Springfield Community Players’ productions and plays by other local companies. Currently, Greg works at Jeld-Wen and spends his leisure time writing scripts he hopes one day to see on screen. Tuckerman Wunderle is a junior at Green Mountain Union High School. He got his start in theater a year ago with his school's production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” He has since played John in “The Lion in Winter,” Captain Hook in “Peter Pan and Wendy,” and Albert Peterson in “Bye Bye Birdie.” In addition to theater, Tuck plays piano and clarinet in the school band and works in an actual, real-life Vermont coffee house. He would like to thank all of his friends and family, especially his parents and his girlfriend, for all the support they've given him this past year.

THE ALIENS was written by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist Annie Baker, who grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition to THE ALIENS, her full-length plays include JOHN, THE FLICK , which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, BODY AWARENESS, and an adaptation of Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA for which she also designed the costumes. Productions of both THE ALIENS and UNCLE VANYA were performed by the Weston Playhouse.

You can call to make reservations for performance by calling the Players Studio at 802-885-4098 or by visiting the Players website at Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors Curtain time for all performances is 7:30 p.m. Note that THE ALIENS includes strong language and mature themes, so it will not be suitable for all members of the community. The Players would like to thank all of our corporate sponsors, who have made it possible to produce our 2016 season.

– Scott Stearns
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   (An independent bookstore in Ludlow, VT)

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