Article Published: Sep. 20, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 30, 2012
The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance introduces fresh actors and dancers in its annual First Year Student Showcase in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus.
The combined theater and dance performance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-29.
Ticket prices start at $5. For more information, visit http://www.theatre.appstate.edu
or call the box office at (828) 262-3063 or the toll-free number (800) 841-ARTS (2787).
The First Year Student Showcase is presented by faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance in collaboration with freshmen and first-year theater transfer students.
“New relationships are formed when freshmen come into the university and perform in this show,” said Trimella Chaney, one of the three faculty directors.
This year’s theater component uses interview excerpts from the 1974 book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do” by author Studs Terkel.
This Pulitzer Prize winner was later turned into a Broadway musical.
The First Year Student Showcase has an overlaying theme of “working 9 to 5,” and the show begins with loud industrial, mechanical noises and the opening of Whitman’s poem “I Hear America Singing.”
The dance component of the showcase will feature six original pieces that tie to the “working” theme, choreographed by faculty members Tandrea Carter (“Moonlit”) and Holly Roark (“Out-er Space”), along with upperclassmen Dana Edwards (“Change of Heart”), Emma Holland (“Finale” from “Nine to Five”), Lydia Murrah (“Unity”) and Emily Smart (“Portraiture”).
Faculty members Chaney, Rebecca Keeter and Rebecca Quin direct the collaborative production.
The showcase speaks to the current state of the economy and its workforce, and endeavors to keep these new college students aware of what is happening outside of the university, according to the directors.
Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at (828) 262-3063. Prices are $5 for students and youth (ages 6-18) and $8 for faculty and staff, adults and seniors. More information is available online at http://www.theatre.appstate.edu
I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of I.G. Greer Hall, on the building’s east side. The door faces the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building. Parking on campus is available after 5 p.m. in faculty lots, the College Street deck near Belk Library and Information Commons and the Rivers Street parking deck.