Written by Clay Mcleod Chapman
Directed by Lauren O’Quinn
Starring Jamie Middleton, Rose Helsinger, Beth Marshall
“Commencement looks into the heart of tragedy and stabs it.”-NYtheatre.com
“Brace Yourself”-Edmonton Journal
A hauntingly deep exploration of the lives of three women drawn together in the aftermath of a high school shooting—the mother of the shooter (Beth Marshall), one of the shooter’s victims (Rose Helsinger), the mother of that victim (Jamie Middleton). A timely lesson in empathy leaving the audiences with greater understanding. #onelove
Stage Manager: Alexia Correa
Light Design: Amy Hadley
Costume Design: Kyla Swanberg
Graphic Design: Patty Wolfe Media Group
Interns: Clark Levi, Nakary Hurtado
Produced in Special Arrangement with Original Works Publishing
Gold Venue- 60 minutes
Warnings- PG- 13 (Frank talk of death/Mild Language)
Genre- Theatre Drama
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Meet the Cast:
Beth Marshall (Sarah Havermeyer)
Rose Helsinger (Julie Keady) is an seventeen year old actress in her first professional show. She’s previously written plays for Play In A Day 2015 and 2016, and the After Orlando international theatre action that was performed in New York as well as other theaters around the world. She was most recently Karen Wright in The Children’s Hour, which won Best Play at the South East Theatre Conference’s High School Theatre Festival, in which 20 one acts from 10 different states competed. She’s incredibly thankful to Beth Marshall for this opportunity, her friends and family, Nadine Love, Monica Long Tamborello, David Lee, and Tiffany Weagly for being such important teachers and directors in her life.
Jamie Middleton (Mary Keady) graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida and has performed throughout Central Florida for the past 26 years. Previous productions with Beth Marshall Presents include Our Town, A Christmas Carol, The Diviners, Children of a Lesser God, and The Whale, as well as performing twice with Play-In-A-Day. She was last seen as John Dickinson in the all-female production of 1776 at Mad Cow Theatre. Jamie has been employed since 1995 with Universal Orlando Entertainment and was a former model for Walt Disney Feature Animation. She also enjoys doing voice-over work. Jamie is humbled and honored to support such festivals as Orlando Fringe that are a showcase for artistic inclusiveness and expression.
Meet the Production Team:
Lauren O’Quinn (Director) majored in Theatre at the University of Georgia before moving to Orlando in 1997. Since then, she has directed numerous plays, short films, and web series – and appeared as an actor in over 200 commercials and numerous films and television shows. Recent tv credits include House of Cards, Bloodline, and Nashville. Some favorite stage credits include Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Medea in Hamlet Desires Medea, and Shelby in Steel Magnolias (with Beth Marshall!). She has been working with actors as a coach since 1999 and teaching professional acting classes since 2002. She’s thrilled to be back in the Fringe working with such a talented trio of strong women and sends her love to her ClassAct family as well as her amazing husband and two adorable girls.
Alexia Correa (Stage Manager) – Senior at Boone High School Alexia Correa is honored and excited to be working as an intern and SM for Beth Marshall Presents Commencement Alexia has been working with Beth Marshall Presents as an actor for two years now performing in PIAD and featured in Top Teens while also doing private coaching with Beth. Not only does she work with BMP, she is apart of Boone High School’s International Thespian Society troupe 1139. She also has worked on many leadership positions at The Orlando Rep. She has served as a Jr.Camp Counselor for 4 continuous summers and served on their Student Board for three years one of those serving as Vice President. Alexia also has served on the Student board for the Maitland Academy of the Performing Arts as Secretary. As a graduating senior she hopes to go on to college to pursue a BFA degree in musical theatre because not only does she like behind the scenes she loves to be on stage as well. She would like to thank Beth for giving her this opportunity as she is so grateful.