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Department of Theatre and Dance Season

BOONE–The Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University opens its 2001-02 performance season with “Grace and Glorie” July 31-Aug. 2 in Valborg Theatre.

Performances begin at 8 p.m.

Tom Ziegler’s play features the talents of professional actresses Ruth Gottlieb Moore and Dewey Scott-Wiley from South Carolina.

The production is directed by Ellen Douglas Schlaefer and was performed at the Abbeville Opera House in South Carolina in June. The setting for the production at Appalachian is designed by Keith Pugh with lighting by Frank Mohler.

In the play, an old woman dying of cancer tries, with the help of a social worker, to maintain her life in her Appalachian mountain home. The social worker has just moved to the South with her own load of sorrow and guilt.

Tickets for “Grace and Glorie” go on sale July 30 at the Valborg Theatre Box Office. Box office hours for this production are 1-5 p.m. For reservations, call the Department of Theatre and Dance at (828) 262-3028.

Other productions include the first non-professional production of Romulus Linney’s new play “A Lesson Before Dying” adapted from the novel by Ernest Gaines. The play will be presented Sept. 26-30 and Oct. 2-6 in Valborg Theatre.

The play is the story of a young African-American schoolteacher who helps a young man sentenced to death following a murder conviction die with dignity. It also tells of the teacher’s own struggle with his life in the South during the 1940s.

“The Rimers of Eldritch” by Lanford Wilson will be performed Nov. 14-19 in Valborg Theatre. The murder mystery explores the identity of the victim and the murderer by looking at the small midwestern town in which the play takes place. The lives of the town’s inhabitants are revealed in an effort to solve the mystery.

The North Carolina Dance Festival will return to Appalachian for the fifth year Oct. 25-27 in Valborg Theatre. Professional dance performers from across the state will join local and campus dancers and choreographers to present three different evenings of dance in a variety of styles and types.

The first performance of the season in the Greer Arena Theatre will be a concert by X-Factor, a local dance company, on Aug. 25 and 26.

Valerie Midgett co-directs the company and will teach jazz dance at Appalachian this fall.

Four sets of short plays will be presented in Greer Arena Theatre during fall semester.

The first will be the annual Playcrafters New Play Festival Sept. 19-22 featuring two plays written by Appalachian students.

The freshman showcase “Baker’s Dozen” will be presented Oct. 10-13 and will feature 13 very short plays directed by theatre directing students.

The advanced directing students will present longer one-act plays on Oct. 31-Nov. 3 and Nov. 7-10.

All performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Valborg Theatre Box Office weekdays from 2-5 p.m. beginning fall semester. Call the box office at (828) 262-3063 after mid-August for more information, or www.theatre.appstate.edu.

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