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Bedford High seniors offer comedy show as senior project; funds benefit Shawn Thornton Foundation

Friday, April 4, 2014

By LORETTA JACKSON

Staff Writer

The 50 Shades of Steve, a comedy, will be held in the auditorium of Bedford High School, 47 Nashua Road, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11.

The show is a fulfilment of a senior project organized by Bedford High seniors Chris Briggs, Steve Tempesta, the show’s writer and director, and Kevin Johnson, videographer and editor.

Briggs, the show’s marketing manager, said the performance is modestly priced at $5 for students and $7 for adults. The show is rated PG-13, he said, for some minor inappropriate parts. Briggs likens the show to “Saturday Night Live.” It is a performance with on-stage skits, videos, standup comedy and a special event called “The Roast of Stevie T.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Shawn Thornton Foundation, established by hockey master and Boston Bruins’ star Shawn Thornton, to improve the lives of those facing cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

According to www.thorn
tonfoundation.org, Thornton’s grandmother lost her battle with Parkinson’s disease after a 14 years. She and others motivated the hockey player to launch the organization.

Briggs said the idea for this show started in summer 2013 in Steve Tempesta’s basement. Senior class president Stevan Tempesta Jr. volunteered to be the writer and host of the show. Briggs offered his market skills while senior Johnson welcomed duties related to film and editing of the videos in the show. All three seniors were on Bedford High School’s varsity hockey team, a team that won the state championship.

“Winning the state championship motivated us to chose the Thornton Foundation,” Briggs said. “Thanks to Mike Currier, an outside expert, this show will be broadcast live on YouTube and BCTV for all to see and donations to the charity will be accepted.”

For more information or for tickets in advance, call Chris Briggs at 714-8315.

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