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First Year Student Showcase presented Sept. 26-28

BOONE—The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the First Year Student Showcase Sept. 26 – 28 in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The showcase provides first year students the opportunity to take center stage with both theatre and dance.

View larger imageAmanda Ufer, center, portrays Alice falling down the rabbit hole in the First Year Student Showcase presented by Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance Sept. 26-28 in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. The ensemble cast plays multiple roles in the devised theatre piece based on Lewis Carroll classics. Photo credit: Katie CampbellView larger image“Beginning, Middle, and End” is the title of a work in the First Year Student Showcase by Kathryn Ullom that features Appalachian’s Nykesha Fyffe, far left, Jason Dawkins and Sarah Farrar. Photo credit: Natalie CarpenterView larger imageJae Amoah, foreground, rehearses a dance piece by Elizabeth Huntley that was inspired by a quote from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Amoah and her peers will perform in the First Year Student Showcase Sept. 26-28 in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. Photo credit: Natalie Carpenter

Ticket prices are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets are available at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by phone at 828-262-3063 or toll-free at 800-841-ARTS (2787) and online at

The framework for the theatre component of this year’s showcase is Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” The piece is a devised theatre project, in that the actors form the work based on the stories. They do not use a traditional script, allowing for greater creativity and artistic freedom.

Faculty member Teresa Lee directs the theatre component and said this year’s inspiration came from the idea that “being a freshman and getting dropped off at college is like falling down the rabbit hole.” Artist in residence Sheila Kerrigan assists with the theatre students.

“The challenge of the showcase is finding a common thread that combines both the theatre and the dance sections into a single cohesive production,” said Sherone Price, director of the dance component. Choreographers Sarah Bruce, Christina Henderson, Elizabeth Huntley and Kathryn Ullom assist Price, who noted that Bruce is the first freshman to have the opportunity to choreograph her own piece for the showcase.

“To the best of our knowledge, Appalachian State University is the only university in North Carolina that provides freshmen and transfer students an opportunity to showcase their talent during their very first semester on campus,” Price said. “If they come to audition, we take them; no rejection on stage or behind the scenes.” Working alongside Lee and Price is a team of about 20 actors, 30 dancers and five choreographers.

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the side of the I.G. Greer Building below the auditorium, with a separate entrance down the stairway on the side of the building. Parking is available in faculty lots after 5 p.m. and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the B.S. degree in teaching theatre arts and the B.A. degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.