“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.

FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts will host the fall 2014 West Virginia Art Educators Association members art exhibition in the Brooks Memorial Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall in October.

Art educators from across the state will display drawings, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts and more from Oct. 7 through Nov. 14. The opening exhibition will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

The name “Sleepy Hollow” conjures images of the awkward school teacher, Ichabod Crane, on his bedraggled horse being chased through the dark woods by the Headless Horseman. It is fitting that the Fairmont State University production of “Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” opens on Halloween. 

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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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