CVU senior and Shelburne resident Tyler Ogden stars alongside Noni Stuart, Andy Butterfield, Cael Barkman, and Dawn Kearon in David Lindsay-Abare’s play “Kimberly Akimbo.” Presented by 2nd Act Productions, the play will run at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington Sept. 28-Oct. 7.
Funny and off-beat, Lindsay-Abare’s dark comedy revolves around 16-year-old Kimberly Levaco, a teenager with a rare condition that causes her body to age faster than it should, forcing her to re-evaluate her life while dealing with her highly dysfunctional family, her impending mortality, and a final chance at first love.
Ogden plays the role of Jeff, Kimberly’s love interest. He became interested in theater while in middle school at Shelburne Community School. Ogden acted in his Alpha team plays as well as school-wide productions and began attending summer theater camps at the Broadway Artists Alliance in New York City and in New Canaan, Conn. The Broadway camp was instrumental in Ogden’s desire to pursue acting as an avocation. “Attending the Broadway Artists Alliance camp was the first time I was immersed in a program where everyone was so serious about acting, from the teachers to the students,” he said.
Ogden branched out from school productions and began auditioning for community theater groups. He has acted with Essex Community Players and with the Fairfax Players as Peter vanDaan in “Diary of Anne Frank.” Most recently, he participated in the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts’ “Fringe Festival” in a one-act play directed by Monica Callan.
Although theater has been his passion for years, Ogden plans to major in business when he goes to college and perhaps minor in theater. For more information or to purchase tickets to “Kimberly Akimbo,” visit www.offcentervt.com.