BCT on the road

Playwriting workshop

Buckhannon Community Theatre would like to thank the Upshur Arts Alliance for their generous donation of $1,000 toward our competitive production of Always, Patsy Cline. This donation was made to help pay for the travel, boarding, and entry into the very esteemed Southeastern Theatre Conference's regional community theatre competition. BCT was selected as one of two winners and representatives from West Virginia. Though BCT has placed well on a state level in previous years, it was with our 2016 production of Ted Swindley's Always, Patsy Cline.

Directed by Jason Young, produced by Erika Klie Kolenich, and music directed by Joshua Stubbs; Always, Patsy Cline stars Rebecca Bowers-Call as Patsy, Kolenich herself as Louise, and a full band. Along with the performers, this production boasts a talented group of technical crew such as Karl Kolenich, Matt Call, Dennis Wemm, and Eric Bee. Costumer, Carol Baxa Meese, was given the towering task of building over ten costumes, and helping Ms. Call change in and out of them in less than a one-hour span of time. All of these very talented people, as well as our set and instruments, had to be transported to and housed in Lexington, KY and registered in order to participate in this well-regarded competition. Without the generous donation of the Upshur Arts Alliance, Buckhannon Community Theatre may not have been able to attend.Buckhannon Community Theatre kicked off the festival as first production of the competition on Wednesday March 1st, and received positive criticism from adjudicators. We won't know how we rank until after this weekend, but we couldn't have even participated without the help of our friends at the Upshur Arts Alliance.

Those individuals wishing to enter the Playwright Festival Competition please download the guidelines form below.

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Local Playwriting Workshop will help new writers bring their short works into the spotlight

Buckhannon Community Theatre (BCT) will be supporting a playwriting workshop “You Can write a 10-minute play!” on June 20th from 7-9 p.m. in Engel Hall at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. The workshop will introduce novice aspiring dramatistswho are high school age or olderto the tools for effective playwriting. The workshop will be run byThomas Schoffler, associate professor of theatre arts at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Chair of Wesleyan’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Participation requires no prior playwriting experience. The workshop is free of charge yet attendees are encouraged to make a small donation to BCT.

             The hands on workshop will teach the basic elements of dramatic structure, dialogue, and character development. Participants will learn how to integrate these elements into effective dramaturgy by writing and sharing short pieces. Participants will then receive constructive feedback from Schoffler and their fellow playwrights. The workshop can provide the tools and inspiration needed to write a ten minute play.

            “"I'm excited that BCT is encouraging local dramatic writing, and am happy to help support that effort,” says Schoffler.

“Unlike other forms of writing, plays absolutely require a whole community of other artists to develop: actors, directors and audiences attending readings where the writer can hear how their words work in front of an audience."

            Schofflerhas experience performing in New York City as well as regional theatres across the country, and has taught workshops and masterclasses for several programs including West Virginia University, the NYC Asian American Writers’ Workshop, The Southeastern Theater Conference, and the WV Governors School for the Arts. Schoffler has worked with various theatre writers in the development of their work, including Shanon Polly's one-woman show Like Mother, which showed at NYC's Transport Group's off-Broadway theatre. Recently Schoffler has taught a playwriting course at Wesleyan focusing on ten minute plays. Several of these works were featured in Wesleyan’s first Short Works Festival this past spring. 

            The workshop is done to promote BCT’s Playwright Festival “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Those who wish to participate in the festival can submit their works between June 1st and August 25th. Those who submit plays must pay a nonrefundable $25 entrance fee but anyone who participates in the workshop will have $5 of the fee waived. The workshop hopes to give new playwrights skills and inspire creativity so that they can create fresh works that might be featured at the festival.

            Those who wish to participate in the workshop or have questions can contact Jill Okes, the Chair of the Buckhannon Community Theatre One-Act Play Competition and Festival Committee at The workshop has a limited number of spots and participants will be accepted on a “first-come first-served” basis.

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