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Theatre Season Opens with Student-Directed One Acts

Contact: Mike Greife
The University of Central Missouri’s Department of Theatre and Dance opens the 2014-2015 season with a set of studio theatre one-acts directed, designed, and performed by UCM students.

The plays will be presented Sept. 12-14 in the Blackbox Theatre in Nickerson Hall. Admission to the Studio Theatre series is $1 admission and the performances are open to the public. Doors will open at 7 p.m.curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Due to space and limited seating, arrival 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the show is encouraged. Children under the age of five will not be admitted to the shows. Some material may be suitable for mature audiences only.

Strawberry Envy by Kitty Johnson, directed by Emma Faszholz with Tanya Wilson as technical director, tells the story of a customer at a roadside fruit stand who may be interested in more than strawberries. The woman’s imaginary male companion is eventually replaced by the nice, ordinary guy in front of her selling fresh strawberries. The cast includes Arista Fleming as Emily, Steven M. Covert as the Man in White, and Dalton Pittenger as Craig.

Speak Now by Seth Kramer, directed by Haley Hrabe, with Dain O’Connor as technical director, focuses on thebiggest day of Casey's life. She's locked on a roof across the street from the church where her wedding just started. Harold, who got them into this mess, must come up with a plan to save the day or face the fact that he just ruined Casey's wedding.The cast includes Hannah Michaelree as Casey and Carter Higgs as Harold.

Tone Clusters by Joyce Carol Oates, directed by Taylor Hudson with Austin Hook as technical director, focuses on Frank and Emily, a nice couple with a house in a nice neighborhood. They are interviewed by an unseen interrogator and their story emerges--the body of a 14 year old girl was found in their basement, and their son is charged with the murder. Do they share in the guilt? The cast includes Stephanie Laaker as Emily, David Docktor as Frank, and Katie Turnbow as The Voice.

For additional information, contact the UCM Department of Theatre and Dance at 660-543-4020