Playwright and play come together at VHS This Saturday and Sunday, the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center will open its doors to those seeking an enriching theatrical experience and to John Fenn, the author of the VHS fall play, Salem's Daughters.
For the past five weeks, VHS actors and technicians have been hard at work, preparing for opening night. Not only will their friends, relatives and community members be watching their performance, but the playwright will also be there. Fenn expressed his desire to attend the production when Mary Begley, director of the show, contacted him to request performance rights. "Meeting the playwright enables students to experience the creative process from beginning to end. It is a rare and exciting opportunity," Begley said.
Fenn, a resident of Minneapolis, has authored 19 plays, won three national playwriting competitions, and has written eight screenplays, five of which have been produced on cable TV.
In addition to playwriting, his professional experience includes acting, stage managing, and teaching theatre, playwriting, filmmaking, and English. He has stage managed over 100 professional productions in New York and on the road.
He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Minnesota.�While in Vermillion, he will work with aspiring young VHS writers on Thursday morning, and meet with USD theatre faculty and students Friday at noon.
Set in the late 1600s, Salem's Daughters examines the plight of several women imprisoned for witchcraft. Their innocence or guilt hinges on a young girl's fantastical story.� The play is Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available from Nook 'n Cranny, Davis Pharmacy, the high school office, or at the door. Prices are $4 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens, and free to those with a Vermillion School District activity ticket.