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Northampton High School’s fourth annual student-led Shorts Festival opens Jan. 10 in new Black Box Studio

— The curtain is set to rise Thursday on Northampton High School’s fourth annual Shorts Festival of student-produced plays.

Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the high school’s new Black Box Theater Studio and at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a “kid-friendly” matinee. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The lineup for each night features at least seven short theatrical works, ranging from adapted movie and TV scripts to an Ernest Hemingway short story to an original version of “Peter Pan.”

“High school students experience the excitement (and adversity) of bringing a short play to the stage, and this year they’ve gotten creative,” NHS senior Ana Baustin said in a press release she wrote announcing the festival. “You’ll laugh, cry and give standing ovations to these fantastic and diverse pieces of theater.”

The festival will also highlight the newly renovated Black Box, a small, intimate performance space at the high school “that begs for interesting theater,” Baustin said.

Student directors for this year’s Shorts Festival are: Julia Burton, Gabe Gill, Jonah Godfrey, Matt Gonzalez, Aidan O’Donoghue, Connor Paradis, Isaac Price-Slade, Julia Urbank and Dylan Weaver. Student playwrights are Mari Champagne, Sophie Flynn and Sierra Shelkey.

For information, contact NHS theater instructor Stephen Eldredge at 587-1344, ext. 3020.

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