The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and Masquers theatre group will present “Poof! Plus: An Evening of One-Act Plays” as the first show of the 2013-2014 season.
 
“Poof! Plus” combines four separate shows in an innovative way to create a message of hope and opportunity. The four one-acts range from comedic and absurd to harrowing and heart-wrenching: “Give Me Shelter” by Wendy Weiner, “Dancing With a Devil” by Brooke Berman, “Forced Out” by Jean Abbott and “Poof!” by Lynn Nottage.  Each of these plays touches on some of the issues faced by women, and though all of the plays were written more than a decade ago, these issues are still relevant in today’s society.
 
“Poof! Plus: An Evening of One-Act Plays” opens at 7:30 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 27 in Wallman Hall Theatre. Other performances are planned for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3- 5. Tickets can be ordered online at www.fairmontstate.edu/tickets or by calling the Box Office at (304) 367-4240.
 
Directed by Dr. John O’Connor, the production also offers many Fairmont State students an opportunity to showcase their creativity. Tyler Kovar, senior theatre major, and Taylor Riffle, senior theatre and education major, are the set designers. Rennes Carbaugh, senior theatre major, is the lighting designer; Beth Mills, senior oral communications education major, is the costume designer; Kurtis Dennison, senior theatre major, is the sound designer; Pamela Chatman, sophomore theatre major is the prop designer; and Lillian Gaylord, senior theatre major, is the resident dramaturge.
 
The cast for “Poof! Plus” includes FSU students Kurtis Dennison, Kiya Fitzgerald, John Hall, Suzie Hall, Cherie Helsley, Erika Johnson, Bailey Kershner, Brandon Lee, Kaici Lore, Ingrid Poole and Madison Whiting, as well as Kate Thompson, an adjunct communication faculty member.
 
“Poof! Plus” also has been registered as an associate production in the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).  KCACTF is a national festival funded by the Kennedy Center that holds annual regional festivals showcasing unique and outstanding work from colleges within that region. Respondents travel to see shows and determine whether or not a scene from the show will be performed at the festival, which includes workshops designed to help advance students’ understanding and skill. Two actors from FSU will be nominated to compete for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, and the designers will be able to take their designs to be adjudicated at the Region II Festival in January 2014.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Masquers theatre group will present “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s most popular play, in February in Wallman Hall.

First performed in 1895, the farcical comedy is also a satire on Victorian customs and behaviors. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; Saturday, Feb. 20; Thursday, Feb. 25; Friday, Feb. 26; and Saturday, Feb. 27. The matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. For tickets, call the Box Office at (304) 367-4240.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts is hosting a benefit performance of alumnus Christian Cox’s short, one-act play “Hyena,” produced by M.T. Pockets Theatre. Cox is the Youth Services Librarian for the Fairmont branch of the Marion County Public Library and a graduate of the FSU Communication and Theatre program.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series presents “John Williams: All the Blockbusters,” conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in Colebank Hall on Fairmont State University’s campus in Fairmont.

For advance tickets, call the Box Office at (304) 367-4240. Tickets will be available for sale at the door. Reserved seats are $30; general admission are $20; and student tickets are $5. Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College students can gain admission free of charge with a student ID.

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