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McNeese to host Louisiana Theatre Festival

McNeese to host Louisiana Theatre Festival

McNeese State University plays host for the first time to the annual state festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Nov. 16-18.

"McNeese Theatre is excited to be hosting the festival. It is an incredible opportunity for us to show off our new theatre facility, our talented and dedicated theatre students, and our community. This festival provides the hands-on learning experiences and the sharing and networking with theatre peers and colleagues from across the state and Region VI," said Joy Pace, assistant professor and coordinator of theatre at McNeese.
 
Six productions from four Louisiana university and college theatre programs will be presented during the festival and are open to the public. Tickets for the individual plays are $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and youth. Festival participants include the University of New Orleans, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Bossier Parish Community College and McNeese.

Festival Production Schedule:
Wednesday, Nov. 162011 Festival Logo
·     7:30 p.m. - "Dog Sees God" by Burt V. Royal - presented by McNeese in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre

Thursday, Nov. 17
·     Noon - "Spitfire Grill" by James Valcq and Fred Alley - presented by BPCC in SFA Theatre
·     5:15 p.m. - "Suicide in the Key of Infomercial" - an original play by Jared Gore presented by UNO in Ralph Squires Auditorium.
·     7:30 p.m. - "An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe" by Robert Mason - presented by ULL in SFA Theatre

Friday, Nov. 18
·     11 a.m. - "Echoes" - by N. Richard Nash - presented by BPCC in SFA Theatre
·     6:30 p.m. - "About Time" - an original play by Adam Falik presented by UNO in SFA Theatre

Productions entered at the state level are eligible for consideration to advance to the 2012 KCACTF Region VI festival Feb. 21-25 hosted by the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Region VI includes universities and colleges from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico and Arkansas.

The regional festival's best entries then have selected students invited to participated in the programming at the national festival held in April at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., according to Pace, who is also vice chair of KCACTF Region VI.

Matt Raines, a graduate of the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia and a founding member of Studio Six Theatre Company in New York, is festival adjudicator and will give responses to each production. Also, attending the festival are members of KCACTF Region VI - the Region VI Chair Michelle Ney of Texas State University, the Region VI Playwriting Vice Chair Jim Anderson of Texas A&M - Commerce and Missouri Chair Harold Hynick of Missouri Valley College - who will present workshops and responses during the festival.  

KCACTF is a national organization that exists to celebrate the educational and creative process of university and college theatre and to promote professional standards and provide students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds.

For more information, call 337-475-5042. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu