by Susan Tiedeck
You can see Allison Bloechl in A Murder Has Been Arranged running now through March 29 and in Storytime! Snow White running now until March 21.
Actress Alison Bloechl is having the time of her life doing double duty on stage at Hedgerow Theatre. She’s received great reviews for her portrayal of Beatrice Jasper in Emlyn Williams’ A Murder Has Been Arranged, the mainstage production which runs through March 29. She’s also appearing on Saturday mornings at 11 through March 21 in Storytime! Snow White, the interactive Hedgerow Theatre for Kids show, which she also helped write.
Since arriving in Rose Valley early last September to start her two-year theatre fellowship, the Rochester, N.Y., native has been kept busy on stage and behind the scenes. She served as the assistant stage manager for Communicating Doors, Hamlet and On the Verge, acted in Tales from Edgar Allan Poe and A Christmas Carol, and worked with the marketing team on a variety of tasks, including finding sponsors for special events. Bloechl is also a registered Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, a skill she’s putting to use choreographing the fight scenes for Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a performance class at the Hedgerow Theatre School.
Having such diverse duties is completely normal for a Hedgerow Fellow. “It’s wonderful program,” Bloechl explained, “because we get to see all sides of how a theatre operates and do everything under the sun. I have this marvelous opportunity to hone my craft with professionals in a safe, supportive environment for learning. Acting is my passion, but I enjoy all aspects of theatre, so this is the perfect job for me.”
She first learned about the program on the internet while studying at Muhlenberg University, where she earned dual degrees, a BFA in theatre and a BS in environmental science. She later discovered that her roommate’s friend, Lily Dwoskin, who had become a Hedgerow Fellow after graduating the previous year. Dwoskin encouraged her to apply, and the two are now enjoying the fact that they get to work together.
Bloechl loves playing Beatrice and describes being directed in A Murder Has Been Arranged by former Hedgerow Fellow Sarah J. Gafgen as “a real joy.” “Sarah was so great and so patient,” she added, “helping us find our characters and figure out how to add depth to what was written on the page. She worked one on one with us on different scenes, always guiding us with positive suggestions. The rehearsal process was a pleasure and the result is that we’re all having fun doing the play.”
As to what the future holds, Bloechl isn’t quite sure, but knows that she’d like to stay in the Philadelphia area. “I love the city,” she said, “and its vibrant theatre scene. Being at Hedgerow has allowed me to both learn and to make connections, creating a network with professional actors, directors, sound designers, costumers and other amazing people. It’s a fantastic entryway into the world of professional theatre.”
Adult ticket prices for A Murder Has Been Arranged for Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows are $34; Thursday shows are $29. There is a $3 discount for seniors. Tickets for those 30 and under are $20 and $15 for students with valid ID. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. Prices include all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).