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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 1, 2012

Northwest Lab Series concludes Feb. 10-11 with comedy plays

By Cynthia Creek, media assistant

Theatre Northwest concludes its 2011-2012 lab series Feb. 10-11 with productions of “Unwrap Your Candy” and “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls.”

The plays will be presented consecutively both nights, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show on a first-come, first-served basis as seating is extremely limited.

“Unwrap Your Candy” is directed by Lindsay Masin, a junior theatre performance major from Lincoln, Neb. Alternately chilling and hilarious, “Unwrap Your Candy”  is a series of one-act plays that comprise a delectable evening of bedtime tales for adults, guaranteed to keep audience members awake for nights on end. The series of plays also examine the behaviors of audience members and their inner thoughts as they experience a show. Among the series of one-act plays, “Lot 13: The Bone Violin” tells a chilling story about a young violin prodigy.

“For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” is directed by Erika Baker, a senior theatre major from Cameron. The play is a parody on the classic “Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. A weary mother, Amanda, tries to pry her fragile son, Lawrence, away from his glass cocktail stirrer collection long enough to entice Ginny, his “feminine caller.” Meanwhile, brother Tom just wants an entertaining night at the movies with “friends.” Filled with parent-child tension, the audience does not have to be familiar with the classic version to relate to the characters.

"The lab series productions are put on almost entirely by students,” Baker said. “They show that our abilities are only determined by what we are willing to put into our chosen discipline. Besides, both plays are comedies so you can have a few laughs while you're at it.”

The Northwest theater program's lab series provides students with an avenue for learning the beginning steps of directing and designing a production. By participating in lab series productions, students are mentored on directing, design, technical and performance experiences while fulfilling course and program requirements. Opportunities allow students to expand upon experiences in the theater and their chosen majors.

“I applied to direct for the lab series, so I could learn more about theater as a whole,” Baker said. “I want to see the directing side of productions because I have experienced being directed as an actress.”

Each student director brings his or her own unique set of skills, ideas and goals to each production. Both Baker and Masin are gaining confidence in their directing, learning how to communicate their production ideas more effectively and building toward their futures in theater.  

“Directing a lab series production qualifies me to direct in the studio and in a bigger performance,” said Masin, who hopes to build a career in directing. “I want to learn about my process as a director and my directing style.”

For more information, contact the Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages at 660.562.1279 or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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