415 students from 18 Schools Team Up with PSU Students and Staff for Workshops and Tours

October 12th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — High school students from across New Hampshire will converge at Plymouth State University October 16 for a day of workshops and tours of the University theatre department and Silver Center for the Arts.

Four hundred fifteen students and 44 staff from 18 schools are scheduled to participate, according to PSU coordinator, Professor Elizabeth Cox.

Concurrent offerings occur in five sessions from 8:45 a.m.–5:15 p.m. Activities include a tour of the facility’s backstage, costume and scenery shops and multiple performance facilities including the Hanaway Theatre, Smith Recital Hall and black box theatre; and workshops on topics such as working with Shakespeare’s text, electrifying electrics, make-up special effects, lighting and its design, basic scenery, technical theatre projects, fun with foam, musical theatre dance styles, props procurement, one-word playwriting, monologues—connection through movement and acting for the camera.

Special guests this year include representatives of Whitebridge Farm Productions, which was founded by the Academy Award-winning author of On Golden Pond, Ernest Thompson, with partners Morgan Murphy and Lori Gigliotti Murphy who are also adjunct faculty at PSU.

Participants are invited to stay for a 7 p.m. performance of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance production of Oklahoma! at a reduced price for tickets (which must be reserved in advance).

Contact PSU Director of Theatre Elizabeth Cox, ecox@plymouth.edu or (603) 535-2499 for information about the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild at Plymouth State University.
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