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Rage of the Stage Players new to Valley

| Thursday, March 27, 2003

The Rage of the Stage Players is the newest theatrical group to make its home in the Mon Valley area.

It was founded in 2002, by husband and wife team, James Michael and Carrie L. Shoberg, of Union Township.

James Michael Shoberg, a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in Graphic Design and minors in Art History and Theatre Arts, is also an award-winning Pittsburgh actor, a director, and a theatrical production artist, known for his elaborate designs in costumes and make-up. He is a self-produced playwright, which has four full-length plays to his credit, four one-acts (he is currently completing his fifth), and a book of audition monologues for actors.

His wife Carrie, whom he met at Edinboro, graduated with dual degrees, one in English and one in Theatre Arts. She is the drama teacher at Canon-McMillan High School, where she both produces and directs.

She too, has a long list of theatrical credits, including: acting, costumes, lighting, make-up design, and set design and construction, as well as serving on the board for The Washington County Theatre Festival.

Determined to fulfill their dream of creating a theatrical group that was innovative, professional, and educational, the couple founded The Rage of the Stage Players, and launched their first full-length play, "The Absolution of Dreams," in June of 2002.

The show, an ambitiously immense, original fantasy, written by James Shoberg, was performed utilizing the stage at South Park High School.

Their second show, "Whispers In the Cellar," which was a combination of frightening monologues and one-acts (also written by James Shoberg), was performed in October of 2002 at The Finleyville Community Center, just in time for Halloween.

The Shobergs said they were "very pleased" that both productions were well received.

Their upcoming effort, "The Odd Couple," though "seemingly" common, is certain to be quite different from any version previously seen when it is unveiled to audiences.

Directed by Carrie L. Shoberg, the show stars Joe Roots as Oscar Madison and James Michael Shoberg as Felix Unger. The show also stars Shawn Davies, Marc Dickerson, Adam Little, Jeff Prebeg and Dominique D'Angelo and Maggie Negrete as "The Pigeon Sisters."

The Rage of the Stage Players, now a rapidly growing troupe, welcomes all to come and share their love of the stage.

Focusing strongly on the educational value of theatre, the Shobergs can already boast a multitude of students that have become outstand- ing thespians under their watch.

James Shoberg proudly said that one of his very best proteges won The Washington County Theatre Festival Scholarship and The Baldwin Players Scholarship, both in one year.

The couple also stress drama is not just for the young or experienced actors.

The Rage of the Stage Players are anxious to invite anyone who is enthusiastic and willing to learn, either onstage or backstage, but may have been intimidated in the past.

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