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First Play Festival looking for actors, poets, rappers and dancers

Get ready to spend the day at the West End Theatre in Quincy on April 19 for Pachuca Production’s first ever One Act Play Festival.

A one act play is a play that runs anywhere from five minutes to 30 minutes.

“We are also including spoken word, poetry recitation and dance performances,” said co-director Tina Terrazas.

The festival will take part in two segments. Noon to 4 p.m. will be reserved for student performances. Quincy High School’s drama class will reprise its two one act plays “Speed Date” and “Nine Worst Break Ups” performed originally Feb. 8.

Greenville High School will perform its drama class’ work.

Indian Valley Academy’s drama students will perform the classic “Ketchup Bottle” routine. Long Valley Charter students will also perform.

Students from Chester and Portola high schools as well as Plumas Charter Schools in Quincy and Chester have also been invited to perform.

Students can recite poems, rap, perform spoken word and dance. Students wishing to sign up can email [email protected] by March 1.

There will be prizes given out to the top three individual performances.

The second part of the festival consists of Pachuca Productions troupe performances from 5 to 8 p.m.

“We will be premiering two 10-minute plays by our playwright Margaret Elysia Garcia, as well as performing Shakespearean monologues and other monologue and dance performances,” said Terrazas.

Garcia’s play “Not That Kind” confronts racism in a humorous way, while “Family Portrait” dissects a divorce in 10 minutes.

Other solo performances include Kim Carroll, Lance Barker, Jane Strohmaier, Patrick Parks and Risa Joy.

“We still have room for a few more who would like to join us — do you have a short skit you’ve written? A poem or rap you want to try out? Something experimental? Lay it on us,” said Terrazas.

There will also be a drawing with interesting prizes.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale Thursday, March 19, for only 99 seats in the theatre. Festival goers can buy a festival pass for $25 for the whole day. There are 25 of those passes available.

Otherwise, tickets are $15 for either segment, with 25 tickets available at $5 for students.

Those interested in being part of the festival, sponsoring a drawing prize or student prize, can contact Terrazas at 927-8222 or Margaret Garcia at (714) 746-4093.

Any proceeds from the festival will go to produce the musical award-winning “Zoot Suit” (directed by Tina Terrazas with production design by Margaret Garcia) in the spring of 2021.

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