DreamWrights hosts Teen Masquerade Ball, hopes to grow teen programs

FlipSide photo; Teens gathered at DreamWrights July 19 for a Masquerade Ball and murder mystery.

FlipSide photo; Teens gathered at DreamWrights July 18 for a Masquerade Ball and murder mystery.

FlipSide photo; Allison Hamilton, 17, wrote the evening's murder mystery.

FlipSide photo; Allison Hamilton, 17, wrote the evening’s murder mystery.

DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre mom Kim Dinneen emailed me late last week to let me know about a Teen Masquerade Ball 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the community theater. I stopped by and found out that DreamWrights is hoping to grow its teen programs.

The event was designed by teens as a fundraiser and to raise awareness in the community. Dinneen said a committee, which included teens, met for two months to plan the event. It included dancing, food and a murder mystery. Teens were encouraged to dress up and wear a mask. About 40 attended — some in recycled prom dresses, suits, fairy wings and Carnival masks.

Allison Hamilton, 17, a recent cyber school graduate, wrote the murder mystery. She sported a purple dress dotted with rhinestones and a handmade gold mask.

“I wanted to base the characters on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,'” she said. The Shakespeare play was also the theme of the event.

The mystery included eight characters, one victim and two minor parts. Hamilton said the concept was designed to inspire improv and audience participation. Teens were encouraged to question other attendees through the evening to try to collect clues. After the final skit in the darkened lobby, they cast votes for the identity of the killer.

Hamilton said she got involved at DreamWrights about two years ago. She’s done everything from acting to costuming to constructing props and sets. Later this month, she has a role in “The Rememberer” at DreamWrights.

“It is really exciting to see everything come together,” she said of the ball. “We were all a team. It looks great.”

Dinneen said that she hopes to see the theater’s teen offerings grow. There might even be another masquerader ball in the future.

“The Rememberer”
What: The play is about a young Indian girl, who tries to preserve her tribe’s heritage and history after she’s forcibly placed in a white boarding school.
When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 15; 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17
Where: DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave., York
Cost: $8 for general admission; $12 for reserved seating
Details: www.dreamwrights.org

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