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US and UK students join forces to create a play-in-a-week

Posted on 11/08/2015 by Helga Pearson in The Georgian Theatre Royal oliver twist charles dickens kiplin hall maryland
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Students from Maryland, USA are joining together with local students as part of a week-long international youth festival taking place at the Theatre from 10 to 15 August.

The project involves around 30 English and American students, aged between 11-18 years, who are being tasked with creating a show from start to finish that will be showcased at the end of the week to a public audience.

‘Twist’ is a contemporary adaptation based on the popular novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and will be performed on Saturday 15 August at 7.30pm.

The festival is the result of an initiative between The Georgian Theatre Royal and the Performing and Visual Arts High School Magnet Program of Anne Arundel County in Maryland and is now in its second successful year.

The students are staying at nearby Kiplin Hall which was built in the 1620s by George Calvert, the first Baron of Baltimore, who was the spiritual founder of Maryland and father of Cecil Calvert, first Proprietry Governor of the Province.

Dana Peragallo from the Anne Arundel County Public School, who is leading the festival and directing the show, said. “It is incredibly exciting to be working with students from both countries on this collaborative project. They are all learning so much from each other and are totally committed to creating a phenomenal piece as an ensemble.”

“For the American group, it is also amazing to work and rehearse in this beautiful old theatre that is unlike anything that we have seen before. We are all really looking forward to the final performance on its historic stage,” she added.

Tickets for the show are all £5 and are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the booking system on this website.

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