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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 19, 2014

Theater opens season with annual Freshman/Transfer Showcase

By Alexandra Mortallaro, media relations assistant

The Northwest Missouri State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts begins its 2014-2015 main stage series with its annual Freshman/Transfer Showcase Thursday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 5.

This year’s showcase, “New Beginnings - Redux,” will play in the Studio Theater at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in addition to a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

“New Beginnings - Redux” consists of scenes and monologues written by Northwest students who completed a playwriting course last year. The showcase is directed by Professor of Theater Dr. Theo Ross.

The production consists of the following short plays:

Now in its 24th year, the Freshman/Transfer Showcase introduces audiences to Northwest’s new theater students while introducing new performing arts majors to the people and practices of Northwest’s theater program. The production features a cast and crew comprised exclusively of first-year Northwest students, providing them with immediate opportunities to become involved with theater at Northwest.

“Our production explores this concept of inspiration in both the creation and the interpretation of new works, and it brings together those who are beginning their university work and those who are ready to begin a new chapter in their creative lives,” Ross said.

Tickets are $8 per person and may be purchased at the door, beginning one hour before the show.

Theatre Northwest’s 2014-2015 Main Stage schedule also includes “The Secret Garden” Nov. 13-16, 20-23 and Dec. 4-7 in the Studio Theater, “Play Slam” Feb. 26-28 in the Studio Theater and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” April 9-12 in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center.

The 2014-2015 Lab Series opens Oct. 10-11 in the Studio Theater with “Memory House.”  

For more information about fine and performing arts at Northwest, including upcoming events, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468