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This year’s fall theater production at St. Bede Academy will be a series of short plays tied together as “The Answers Come.”
Each one-act play will be as little as 8 minutes or as much as 20 minutes, said the Rev. Dominic Garramone, director.
“We’re working with the Illinois High School Theatre Festival to “Explore the Extraordinary” (the festival’s theme),” Garramone said. St. Bede hopes to take it to the festival Jan. 9-11 at Illinois State University, Normal.
“So we wanted to do shows that had to do with exploration and searching,” Garramone said. “We’re using as an overall theme a quotation from Joan Baez, ‘If you search long enough, the answers will come.’
“The first show is going to be about a girl who is searching for her birth father. It’s the idea of searching for your identity. When you find the answers, does that change who you are? To what degree am I affected?”
Another will be presented as a live radio studio mystery drama from the 1950s. The audience will provide sound effects.
A third show will select cuts from “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” by Jane Wagner. St Bede’s adaptation is a montage of reflections, experiences and searching for meaning in people’s lives, Garramone said. “The whole point of this educationally is I want the kids to learn how shows are structured and how to make the audience look in the same way that the characters are looking, that the audience wants the answers too,” Garramone said.
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