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Appalachian hosts Summer Theatre Education Program June 16–17

BOONE—The Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University will host “Directing for Theatre” on June 16–17 as the 2016 Appalachian Summer Theatre Education Program (AppSTEP). The program is designed for pre-service and licensed theatre teachers and practitioners who wish to further their content knowledge in selected theatre education topics.

Appalachian alumnus David Furr nominated for Tony Award

BOONE—David Furr, a 1994 graduate of Appalachian State University who is originally from Greensboro, is a 2016 Tony Award nominee for his performance in “Noises Off,” a Broadway comedy by English playwright Michael Frayn. The most recent revival of Frayn’s play concluded a 13-week limited run on March 13 as part of the subscription series at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. Furr starred as Garry Lejeune, a volatile actor with a stutter.

Students share the stage with dozens of statewide theatres in collaborative “Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in Five Days”

RALEIGH—Twenty current students and recent graduates of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University participated in two different productions performed as part of the “Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in Five Days” at the North Carolina Museum of History. Over a 118-hour period of non-stop, round-the-clock theatre, every one of Shakespeare’s plays was performed live in the sequential order of their writing.

Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Avenue Q” April 27–May 1

BOONE—The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Fine and Applied Arts will present the regional premiere of “Avenue Q” April 27–May 1 on campus. Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, the show has the rare distinction of winning Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The music and lyrics for “Avenue Q” were written by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez with book by Jeff Whitty. The show is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Theatre clubs open two shows April 10 – 17

BOONE—Two different student groups associated with the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University will open their spring 2016 productions the week of April 10. This display of talent illustrates the wide range of performance opportunities available to university students in addition to the main stage series produced by the department each season.

Appalachian Dance Ensemble presents the spring showcase April 7-9

BOONE—The Appalachian Dance Ensemble will present their spring concert in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on the Appalachian State University campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 7–9. The event offers a mix of faculty and student choreographed dances, with an upbeat array of styles to suit all dance lovers.

Appalachian hosts inaugural Symposium for Creative Social Stewardship

BOONE—The first-ever Symposium for Creative Social Stewardship will take place on the Appalachian State University campus on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2 in Plemmons Student Union.

Appalachian Young People’s Theatre presents “Aladdin” Beloved children’s classic chosen for 44th season of AYPT

BOONE—Audience members of all ages are invited to help the Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT) create the magic of “Aladdin: A Participation Play,” by noted children’s theatre author Moses Goldberg. The family-friendly production will be presented on the Appalachian State University campus in the I. G. Greer Studio Theater at 7 p.m. on April 1 with 2 p.m. matinee performances on April 2 and 3. Ticket prices are $5 for children and university students and $10 for adults. To learn more, visit or call 828-262-3063 or 800-841-ARTS (2787).

Appalachian Young People’s Theatre receives national award

GREENSBORO—The Boone-based Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT) received the 2016 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award at the 67th annual Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Convention held in Greensboro, North Carolina March 2–6. This prestigious honor recognizes the work of an individual or organization for dynamic and engaging work for young people, and is named after children’s theatre pioneer and founder of the Children’s Theatre Press (now the Anchorage Press) Sara Spencer.