“Follow the Money” wins first place at West Virginia festival

The Fairy Godmother frets about what to do with the Tooth Fairy, now that a precocious kid has tied her up to find out where she gets all her money.

The Fairy Godmother frets about what to do with the Tooth Fairy, now that a precocious kid has tied her up to find out where she gets all her money. Photo courtesy of Old Opera House Theatre.

My one-act “Follow the Money: A Modern-Day Fairy Tale” won first place on June 23 in the 13th annual New Voice Play Festival at the Old Opera House Theatre in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Four scripts out of 85 were chosen for production; then the audience voted each night on their favorites, with the winner announced after Sunday’s finale.

Here’s some information on the script and how it came to be entered in the festival here.

The Journal, the daily newspaper in Martinsburg, W.Va., made the festival the cover story of its weekly entertainment section.

More photos below:

The Sandman tries to figure out why he failed to put the kid to sleep properly. Photo courtesy of Old Opera House Theatre.

The Sandman tries to figure out why he failed to put the kid to sleep properly. Photo courtesy of Old Opera House Theatre.

The cast, director and playwright. That's director Beth Brackett in blue, at left. I'm in the back.

The cast, director and playwright. That’s director Beth Brackett in blue, at left. I’m in the back. Photo by Rain Yancey.

And here’s the release from the theatre:

The Old Opera House is proud to announce the winners of the 13th Annual New Voice Play Festival. (Pictures of each cast are attached)

Golden Curtain Winner

(1st place)

Follow the Money: A Modern Day Fairy Tale

by Dwayne Yancey – Fincastle, VA

Directed by Beth Brackett

Featuring

Karen Paone as the Tooth Fairy

Tyler Panzarella as Sheldon

Will Heyser as the Sandman

Amy Hebb as Fairy God Mother

John-Michael Rolnick as Henchman #1

Craig Sours as Henchman #2

Silver Stage Winner

(2nd Place)

Understudy

by J. C. Svec – Clark, NJ

Directed by Ed Conn

Comedy: The Understudy is a heartwarming story about a father who arrives at school in place of his daughter who is staying at home because she has a 24-hour “bug”. Will the teacher let him stay? Has he learned his lines and blocking? Will he be a suitable replacement? This will surely teach you a lesson in love and understanding.

Featuring

Christine Brewer as Miss Lemon

Steven Brewer as Mr. Evans

Spotlight Award

Polterguest

by Chuck Smith – Woodbridge, VA

Directed by Shannon Potter

Comedy: After losing his girlfriend Jane, Paul decides to visit psychic Zandra in order to find some closure for his heartache. Through the laughs, tears and utter confusion of the encounter Paul is able to embrace “that loving feeling” once again.

Featuring

Cari Hupke as Zandra

Heather Mae Wilson as Jane

James Wright as Doug

Spotlight Award

Reports of a Home Invasion

by Andrew Ade – New Wilmington, PA

Directed by Meaghan Barry

A mystery/thriller: The police have been called when an intruder breaks into the home of local residents. The husband and wife are visibly upset, and tell the story of the break-in. But as each version of story is told, each version is different, leaving the officers question the truth. What lies beneath the lies is menacing, and will the police find the truth?

Featuring

Michael Stiles as Del

Sandra DeRocha as Bobbie

Jeanne Moore as Kenny

David Tobias as Newcomb

David Tobias as Intruder #1

Cari Hupke as Intruder #2

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