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Megan Dellenbaugh named a Promising Young Playwright

Filed in Archive, BCHS, District, Student Spotlight by on May 19, 2020
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Megan Dellenbaugh

Bethlehem sophomore Megan Dellenbaugh has been named a Promising Young Playwright by the Capital Repertory Theatre in their Young Playwright Contest! Megan’s play “Almost a Fairytale”, takes a hilarious look at putting on a stage production without a script.

Megan and her family are frequent attendees of Proctors and theREP, and learned about the Young Playwright Contest online. This isn’t the first time that Megan has submitted a play for consideration to the contest, but this is her first selection. Even more impressive, Megan wrote the play in just a few months, beginning it in December and finishing it for submission in March.

“Almost a Fairytale” is about a narrator who is trying to put on a play of “Cinderella” for an audience, but she does not get the script, forcing her to improve the entire story with incompetent actors, which eventually forces her to quit out of sheer frustration. “The play was super fun to write because the people who play the actors have to play actors who are bad at acting,” said Megan. The play was inspired by the quote “Then, out of nowhere,” which had to be included in the script. “I could really only see this quote as something someone might say when they were telling a story,” said Megan. “Thus, the narrator was born. I built the play from there.”

Megan is no stranger to programming at theREP. She has been a Summer Stage Young Acting Company Member and participated in a number of Next Act! New Play Summit readings, specifically the New Voices Readings program. She has also been an Acting Intern for the Summer Stage Young Acting Company.

“It’s not easy to make people laugh,” said Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at the Capital Repertory Theatre. “Almost a Fairytale made all of the readers laugh – and everyone loved that opening! We celebrate Meg’s sense of humor and hope she will be encouraged to continue writing for the theatre!”

“I absolutely love to write, and I would like to make a career in English, so it felt amazing to know that I could actually have a chance at writing for the stage or screen,” said Megan. “Currently, writing is a side thing (school comes first, of course), but I hope to do more of it next year – I am taking creative writing.”

Congratulations Megan!