YC Alum to Have Play Performed

by Chrystal Houston

Random Acts of Comedy
November 18, 7:30 pm
November 19, 2:00 pm
Gurganus Hall
(free admission)

Enchantment Regina Pedersen, Director
Suppressed Desires Michelle Bentley, Director
Check Please Sara Firm, Director

DudreyRachel Dudrey (’06) was a freshman in high school when she “started thinking seriously about writing for a living.” Now she’s taking steps to make that dream come true. On November 18 and 19, Dudrey’s one-act play Enchantment Comes Around will be performed on the York College stage. Dudrey plans to seek publication after the show is performed.

Dudrey, a resident of York, graduated from York College in May with a degree in English, and with a passion for the theatre. She was very active in drama during her years as a student.

Dudrey wrote Enchantment for a playwriting class during her senior year of college. The show is geared toward children, but will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. She describes the show as having “laughs, romance, magic, and a happy ending.”

“All of the characters evolve, and it turns out pretty well for everybody,” she said, trying not to give too much away. She did say that the cast of characters is pretty standard for a fairytale setting, including an arrogant prince, a spell-casting witch, a dim-witted sidekick, a snobby princess, and a sweet peasant girl.

When asked how she feels about having her show produced, Dudrey was initially enthused. “I’m excited!” she said with a wide-eyed smile, which quickly disappeared as she followed the comment with, “I’m nervous…As soon as you put your work out there, anyone can critique it.”

Currently, Dudrey is working on a novel, also with a fairytale setting. “I like fantasy because anything can happen. You don’t have that freedom in real life,” said Dudrey.

Enchantment is being directed by drama student Regina Pederson and will be performed with two other student-directed one-acts on Saturday, November 18 at 7:30, and on Sunday at 2 PM. There is no cost for admission, and the performance is open to the public.

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