Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CDA2A scene from "Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet"HAMDEN – The Sacred Heart Academy Drama Club will stage a one-act play, “Stories I Ain’t Told Nobody Yet,” at 4 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the academy, 265 Benham Street, Hamden. Admission is free. Monetary donations to help victims of human trafficking will be accepted.

The club performed the play at the Connecticut Drama Association (CDA) Festival recently. The festival, the culmination of theater activities for the CDA, is a statewide gathering of secondary school students who are interested in drama and the theater.

Inspired by the poetry of Jo Carson, sophomore Christina Casper of Wallingford composed an original song for the performance at the festival. The festival brings together drama groups from throughout Connecticut to perform their best work.

Besides performing, festival attendees share techniques and insight, make new friends and immerse themselves in an enriching theatrical experience for a weekend. The focus of the festival is on enrichment and community in a celebration of theater. Workshops are offered in lighting, costume design and other technical fields. There also are acting and directing workshops designed to help students, teachers and others hone their craft.

The Drama Club has received the Eve Ensler Award for “Stories I Ain’t Told Nobody Yet,” a play about female revelations, healing and deep emotional truth. Individual performance awards were given to senior Samantha Dorsi of North Haven, sophomores Miranda Buckheit of West Haven and Christina Casper of Wallingford, and freshman Cecilia Donderful-Amos of West Haven.

The ensemble included seniors Meredith McConnell of Branford and Sophie Camizzi of Ansonia; juniors Catherine McEachern of Hamden, Clare Bassano of Milford, Caroline Godbout of Wallingford and Genesis Brito of Derby; sophomores Megan Harkins of North Haven, Abby Noniewicz of Madison, Cristeena Aaron of Meriden and Justine Junga of Milford; and freshman Alexa Davidson of Hamden.

The production was stage managed by junior Amanda Hopkins of East Haven and designed by Yanling Fang of New Haven. Drama Club moderator MaryLee Delaney is the club’s moderator.