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Alumni to present original play in June

Two Pennington School alumni are spearheading the production of an original play, Charlie and Bruno, in the Diane T. McLarty “Black Box” Theater on campus on June 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., as well as a 2:30 p.m. matinee on June 25. The play, written and directed by Henry Sheeran ’14, is a production of Capital J Theater Company, founded by Sheeran and Tim Secrest ’14, who is the technical director. The play, appropriate for almost all ages, tells a story of war from the perspective of two soldiers, one German and one French, while showing the effect of war on relationships and family. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to www.facebook.com/CapitalJTheater.

Also involved in the production are Hope MacKenzie '13, producer; Charlie Paige '14, publicity manager; Dan Castranova '13, graphic artist; and cast members Chadd Gray '14, Nick Palombi '14, Madison Coyle '16, Olivia MacDonald '16, and Cole Valente '16.

Secrest and Sheeran’s friendship and mutual interest in theatre resulted in a partnership and development of Capital J Theater Company. They are pursuing their passion for theatre and maintaining their devotion to their alma mater by beginning what they hope will become an annual Pennington School Alumni Theater Series to be continued in future summers by interested Pennington School alumni, introducing both a new tradition of alumni connection and an expansion of Pennington Drama.

Sheeran is currently a junior at the New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Secrest is a B.F.A. 1 candidate at CalArts, having transferred from the University of Vermont. Both excelled in their respective niches in drama while Pennington students and made significant contributions to the program.

Director of Drama Lisa Houston said, “The idea of the Pennington Alumni Theater Series encapsulates all of my wishes for my former students. First, that they will remain interested in theatre as an art form; second, that they will hold the working relationships they made at Pennington dear; and last, that they will bring their expertise back to Pennington. Henry, Tim, and their production team are doing this and more with this project.”

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