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
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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Department of Art attended the West Virginia Art Education Association conference in Morgantown in October. Faculty members Jeff Greenham and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune staffed a mobile vendor cart and student Ty Collins presented a painting session. Yerdon LeJeune presented shaped canvas and silk screen printing sessions. At the awards dinner, Kylie Ford won the WVAEA Student Achievement in Art Education Award and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune won the WVAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary “Miss Representation” addresses how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

A local screening of “Miss Representation” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the Fairmont State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening will be a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre.

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