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Eastern Standard Theatre Presents “cat:burgled”

cat:burgled poster(March 17, 2022) - Eastern Standard Theatre (EST), the Cheltenham High School student-run theater company, will stage “cat:burgled,” an original comedy/mystery written by juniors Andrew Marcus and Kai Bosniak on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 in the CHS Little Theatre. General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the door and online

Marcus and Bosniak invite play-goers to discover the romance, betrayal, and banana pizza in the tiny rural town of Arvin, Vermont, and ask “What strange occurrences and dirty secrets lurk within?”

Bosniak and Marcus lead the cast as Writer 2 and Professor Aaron Leonard/Cat Burglar/Writer 1, respectively. The rest of the cast includes freshman Leo DiFelice (Mayor Cory Hackett/Ringo), freshman Milena Fodor (Reporter/Receptionist/Gertrude), junior Gavin Frankenberg (The Gun/Vincent Spaghetti), junior Caplan Hartt (Shady Man/Masseuse), sophomore Jolene Michel (Police Officer), sophomore Shay Millis (Police Assistant/Jaylin/Paul), junior Ethan O’Hara (Kyle), junior Henry Parker (Christian), freshman Ronan Purcell (Garrett Matthews/Thief Two) and junior Liam Sharpe (P.U.Stinky/Security Guard).

The crew includes junior Erin Aikens (propmaster), junior Ben Appel, senior Maddie Bower (sound), senior Janet Cho (lights), freshman Sebastian Frankenberg, senior Elena Giacoletti (spotlight), sophomore Joanna Gbemiye-Etta, senior Mercer Geiger, junior Derick Jones, sophomore Myanah Matthes, senior Sydra Minkoff (photographer/videographer), freshman Ari Polido and freshman Alex Sharpe.

Bosniak and Marcus head the production team as directors along with senior Koen Kaschock-Marenda. The rest of the production team features junior Diana Ahrens (program), junior Dan Cooper (technical director/videographer), Karen Shaffran (faculty sponsor/costumes and props) and sophomore Rheva Wolf (costumes).

Now in its 26th year, EST is Cheltenham High School’s student run theater program. Annually, EST stages alternative plays with compelling drama and contemporary humor. Students select, finance, promote, perform in, and direct the performance. After a fall season of weekly open-invitation acting games, auditions for the annual spring play (chosen by the student director) are held in January. An intense focus on acting skills, storytelling nuance and character study distinguishes EST from the high school’s district-supported theater program. The responsibility of engineering a full production rests upon a handful of students in an environment of self-discipline and collaborative grace.