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Sept. 27, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Lee Friedlander's famous photo "Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, 1969" is the backdrop for a series of thought-provoking scenes and monologues that comprise "Snapshot," Theatre Northwest's 2010-11 Freshman/Transfer Showcase.
The production opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, and continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at www.theatrenorthwest.org. Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
"Snapshot," directed by Professor of Communication, Theatre and Languages Dr. Theo Ross, is collection of short plays featuring one or two characters. Each of the short plays, ranging from comedy to tragedy, tell a compelling story based on the photo's themes.
The Actors Theatre of Louisville developed the show in 2002 after distributing the famous image to 16 playwrights. The playwrights then developed scenes inspired by their varied responses to the photograph. Ross said show has been adapted for Theatre Northwest.
"We have some things that are extremely funny, and then we have some that are certainly poignant," Ross said. "I'm still touched by a couple of those because the students are demonstrating a greater understanding of human relationships than most people their age. The audience sees the connection in the different scenes, and we've put together an evening that I think is going to be really very nice."
The Freshman/Transfer Showcase annually is Theatre Northwest's first production each school year. This year's show features more than two dozen first-year students performing and working behind the scenes.
Faculty use the production to gain an understanding of the first-year students' performance styles and theater backgrounds. Additionally, the production gives first-year students the immediate experience of performing on a college stage.
"It really speeds the progress of their development and makes them feel more comfortable," Ross said. "Every student who comes to Northwest wants to be on that stage and we want to give them that opportunity. At a lot of schools you won't have a chance to get on the main stage until you're a junior or senior, and we put them right up there at the beginning."
Ross added, "This is such a terrific group of kids. They have worked as hard or harder than any other group of freshman I can remember. They came in extremely talented to begin with and they've really bonded as a company. They've been at every rehearsal early and working very hard. I'm just absolutely confident the audience is going to enjoy this greatly."
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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