D&E College to present play

Playwright Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead will team with the Davis & Elkins College Creative Dramatics class to present a fun and effective way to address bullying. A reading of Halstead’s play “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Boiler House Theatre.

The free performance is open to the public, and elementary students are encouraged to attend. A question-and-answer session on bullying prevention in schools will follow the presentation. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment.

“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” is a modern take on the golden rule with humor, heart and larger-than-life characters. Based on Carol McCloud’s award-winning books, Halstead’s stage adaptation tells the story of Trey, a fourth-grade student who learns about bucket filling from his summer camp counselor and her memorable friends. For the play, Halstead created original characters such as Bucket Filling Fairy (BFF), a magical creature who speaks in rhyme, and Professor Smarty Pants III, a science professor who loves to talk about himself.

The play is Halstead’s first adaptation. It has been performed throughout the United States and in Canada. This summer Halstead traveled to Australia for the international premiere at St. Mary MacKillop School in Queensland. In October, she discussed the bullying epidemic, bullying prevention programming and the play on the international television program “The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann.”

Halstead is an associate professor and co-chair of the Performance and Communication Arts Department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Prior to teaching at St. Lawrence, she taught at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., and East Syracuse-Minoa High School in Syracuse, N.Y.

Halstead holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Pedagogy/Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Secondary Education from Le Moyne College.

When she isn’t teaching or writing, Halstead works as an actress and director. She recently starred in the short film “Five Census” for West Field Films, and has performed and directed at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

The Davis & Elkins College Theatre Program offers courses in theatre and theatre production designed to provide students with knowledge of and experience in an art form which has played a key role in cultural history and contemporary society. Three options are available to students working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree: Theatre Arts, Design & Technical Theatre or Theatre Education. The Theatre Arts program prepares and presents three main stage productions and three to five student-directed studio productions every year.

For more information, please visit the D&E website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.