Curtain to raise on 'miraculous' play

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
South Glastonbury - posted Tue., Nov. 8, 2011
Anna McCaela Rodriguez as Sister Vausous and Lexi Scavetta as Bernadette rehearse a scene for 'The Song of Bernadette,' which will be performed Nov. 11 and 12. Courtesy photos.
Anna McCaela Rodriguez as Sister Vausous and Lexi Scavetta as Bernadette rehearse a scene for 'The Song of Bernadette,' which will be performed Nov. 11 and 12. Courtesy photos.

The curtain will rise on “The Song of Bernadette” at the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury on Nov. 11. The story takes place in the year 1858, in the small town of Lourdes, France. It is based on the account of a young girl, Bernadette (played by Lexi Scavetta of Glastonbury), who is visited by the Virgin Mary.

Some believe her accounts of the visits, while others doubt the stories and ask her to repeat them. Bernadette is shamed in front of her class by the sinister nun, Sister Vauzous (played by Anna McCaela Rodriguez, of Bristol). Bernadette is also directed to dig into the ground, and a spring possessing miraculous healing waters results.

The play, while carrying a heavy religious tone, offers food for thought for anyone, and entertains with injections of humor and dramatic acting.

Other principle actors include Nicholas Demetriotis, Daniel Twoomey, Daniel Petronella, Gerald Rankin, Dr. Roberta Hatch, Jeanne Abade, Melissa Moskai, Jean Dellarocca and Ken Sammara.

“The staging of the play and the seating of the audience will be a new concept by the director to draw the audience into the atmosphere and experience of the show,” according to the group's publicity director, Dan Coyle. The story, based on a 1942 Franz Werfel novel, was also a 1943 film that earned four Oscars and was nominated for eight others, including Best Picture.

"The Song of Bernadette" will be performed Nov. 11 and 12, at the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury, located at 85 High St., at the corner of Main and High Streets. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.


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