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UC’s Theatre Students Stage a Lively Night of Theatre, Improvisation and Comedy


Pictured are (top left: Heidi Bewley; top right: Elizabeth Guillermo; bottom left: Dr. Sara Ash; bottom right: Jarrod Mills) in a play entitled “Fugue” directed by Jordyne Gunthert.

Williamsburg, KY – University of the Cumberlands (UC) Theatre department and Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society, presented their semi-annual Stage Fest on April 28th, 2011 in the Kohn Theatre. Students presented plays, skits and improvisation to a dedicated crowd of friends, family and faculty.

Stage Fest occurs at the end of the semester and allows students to showcase any of their work from the semester. Students from the Character Improvisation class performed in-between the larger skits, taking suggestions from the audience and creating a story from the results. Other acts in the production included the ten minute play “Fugue”, directed by senior Theatre/Communication double major Jordyne Gunthert (Seymour, TN), “Tell-Tale Heart” adapted and directed by senior Jordan Robinson (London, KY), and “That’s Inviting” written by UC alum Spencer Hall and directed by senior Shoshana Sims (Paris, KY), along with several others.

“The fact that it's completely run by students, I think, is a big part of it being unique. Students are directing, acting, building the set, and much more,” said senior Russell Ridenour (Cincinnati, OH), one of the Improvisation student performers. “It gives them the freedom to be in control of more so than you would get in another production.”

Following the performance, Alpha Psi Omega inducted two students into the honor society. Jordan Robinson and Jonathan Priddy (Stanford, KY) recited twelve lines from any of William Shakespeare’s plays, the Greek alphabet and three other honor societies on campus in order to become members.

University of the Cumberlands Theatre department emphasizes both performance and technical aspects of theatre with courses in acting, stagecraft, scene/lighting design, makeup, and advanced acting. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts or a minor in Theatre Arts.