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Acting students stage year-end plays

They’re trapped.

Trapped in relationship, a room or in their own minds.

Acting students at Kismet Academy are presenting their original plays Saturday (Dec. 15) at Nanaimo Centre Stage.

Bonnie Catterson, owner and director of the academy, said she doesn’t want to give away too much about the student’s production.

The plays are part of  Kismet’s Winter Showcase, which also features a storytelling session for kids at 2 p.m. The teen/adult plays at 8 p.m are rated 14A.

The plays were written and will be performed by academy students.

“We wrote our own plays based on whatever the students wanted to talk about,” said Catterson.

Students  range in ages from children to retirees.

“It’s absolutely mind blowing sometimes what the adults experienced,” said Catterson. “Some students had never done anything because it takes a tremendous amount of bravery.”

She said it’s been amazing to see how the students, no matter what their age, have progressed throughout the acting classes.

Catterson said she’s seen one young female actor go from not even wanting to be in front of people to wanting to direct and take part in everything.

“She’s come a long way,” she said. “It’s been amazing to watch that progress.”

Acting holds a special place in Catterson’s heart. She said acting allows people to embark on a journey of self discovery and freedom.

“It’s a blessing,” said Catterson about being able to teach others acting.

Tickets are $10, children under 12 are free, and are available at Kismet Theatre Academy or by calling 250-716-8663.

arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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