“Putnam County Spelling Bee” Opens Theatre Season

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Masquers theatre group will present the first theatre performance of the academic year in September. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a new musical comedy, opens Friday, Sept. 21, on the Wallman Hall Stage.
                                                                                       
Directed by Troy Snyder, the production will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets are $13 for general admission and free to all current FSU and Pierpont Community & Technical College students with student ID and can be ordered by calling (304) 367-4240. For more information, visit www.fairmontstate.edu/tickets.
 
The Tony Award-winning musical comedy tells the story of six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by adults who barely managed to escape childhood themselves learn that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make someone a loser. The New York Times calls “Spelling Bee”: “irresistible, riotously funny and remarkably ingenious – gold stars all around.”
 
The production showcases the talents of FSU Theatre majors Rennes Carbaugh, Sami Dull, Tyler Johnson, Tyler Kovar and Madison Whiting. Cast members also include FSU alumnus Christian Cox and community actors Shannon Yost, Greg DeVito and Dani DeVito.
 
“I’ve always enjoyed this play and am happy to have the opportunity to direct it. I’m also happy to be able to work again with Todd Wren as our lighting designer. A professional like Mr. Wren helps our students raise the bar of our future performances,” Snyder said.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that Fairmont State University was awarded an Arts Partner grant in August 2014 to support a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Christina Lavorata, FSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, attended a ceremony at the West Virginia State Capitol to receive the check for $7,200. The Arts Partners grant provides general operating support to long-standing, stable arts organizations.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Fairmont State University Department of Music kicks off its new Music on the Hill Guest Artist Series with a performance this week.

Dr. Janice Haworth will present the first concert of the series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Wallman Hall Theatre. Her presentation will include photos and videos of life and music in Guinea, where she spent two years, as well as performances by FSU’s Percussion and World Percussion ensembles.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A new fashion brand with Marion County roots provides high-end, handmade, art-inspired products. Showcased as part of Septemberfest, Beth Keener LLC is a partnership company owned and operated by Farmont State University alumnae Beth Keener and Melissa Craig.

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