East Three Theatre puts on dinner theatre

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East Three Theatre put on its first dinner theatre production of the year last weekend with Boxes, a coming-of-age story about high school students’ hopes, dreams and expectations – all of which are found inside their metaphorical boxes.

“Not only was it relevant to the students, but one parent who watched the show said they thought it was relevant to all people in terms of thinking about what other people expect of you, and how to live up to those expectations,” said director Deirdre Dagar.

Holly, played by Katelynn Crocker, left, and Jack, played by Fletcher Dares, compare the contents of their boxes.
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Dagar said this production featured some of East Three Theatre’s most seasoned actors.

“It’s a nice showcase for some of the more experienced actors in the school and some of the more serious ones,” she said. “It’s a nice, intimate evening to showcase their talents and their hard work.”

Katelynn Crocker and Keith Verbonac played moving lead roles in the dinner theatre production.

Verbonac’s character, Chris, the play’s moody antagonist, brought several audience members to tears with his performance.

“That’s my proudest moment as an actor right now,” said Verbonac.

Crocker played Holly. She said for her, the show was rewarding while carrying a not-so-subtle message.

Rachel, played by Anibe Abba, talks about how to deal with expectations.
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“It was great, it was really rewarding to see everyone freaking out about the play,” she said. “There are two different aspects to what I hope people will take from it. First, we hope parents will maybe ease up on the expectations … and for students to make sure they know how to say no, and know that you can give things back if you want to.”

A night of fine art

The dinner portion of the evening was organized by the Art Travel Club as a fundraiser for their trip to San Diego.

The club, run by Alexandra Winchester, takes some East Three Secondary School students on international art-themed trips.

Dagar said East Three Theatre and the Art Travel Club worked well together.

“It’s a fine art and performing art kind of evening,” she said.

Getting involved with East Three Theatre

Dagar said East Three Theatre will put on a larger production in the spring.

Crocker and Verbonac said they encourage anyone who wants to get involved with theatre to do so.

“Don’t be afraid to get involved – the drama club is a very open and accepting place,” said Crocker. “If you show interest, you’re almost sure to get a role. Just show up and be committed.”