THOUSAND OAKS, CA – Hillcrest Players in association with Young Artists Ensemble presents DUCKFEST: An Ostracized Ostrich’s Tale of Redemption, the latest work by published playwright Victoria Sayeg, based on a story by Sayeg and Amy Moore. Sayeg also directs the new play with performers age 7-14 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive. Performances are Saturdays, October 13 and 20, 2018 at 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
About the new play: Where do the ducks go when the pond freezes over? Well, to Duckfest, of course! Except this year, a bizarre beach encounter between the ducks and a lone ostrich reminds us to accept others for who they are, and that no flock is complete without at least one silly goose! Victoria Sayeg has written and directed several productions for Young Artists Ensemble, after studying theatre at South Coast Repertory and Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory. She has had three plays published by Dramatic Publishing, a publishing house for plays and musicals since 1885.
“I usually write shows that, while hanging a lantern on true and in depth interpersonal relationships and daily struggles, are also based in fantasy and focus on places and times that don’t actually exist,” says Sayeg. “This is the first show that I’ve written where I truly wish I could visit the scene: a tropical beach festival full of literal washed up duck rock stars.”
Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a less demanding arena than a full-length production. The one-act plays provide young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline. “The “Duckfest” cast has exceeded all of our expectations and come together brilliantly to tell a story celebrating inclusion, bravery, and individuality, and I am so proud of them,” Sayeg adds.
Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the box office, or by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com. 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance.