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Production introduces drama, musical works from LSC-Kingwood students

Brief drama and musical pieces are guaranteed to entertain the audience at Lone Star College-Kingwood’s “An Evening of Shorts” Feb. 24-27.

As the first production of the spring semester, the fifth annual “An Evening of Shorts” is an original play festival held on campus. All works are written, directed, performed and designed by LSC-Kingwood students.   

“We are very proud of ‘An Evening of Shorts’ because we are giving our students an excellent opportunity to foster new plays as they work together on creative teams to present entirely new works to the public,” said Eric Skiles, professor and artistic director of Theatre at LSC-Kingwood.

This year, the production will feature the following original works: “It’s About A Girl” by Marrilynn Ready, “Prestige” by Caroline Giese, “VHS Tapes and a Greyhound Bus” by Natalie Gaupp, “Wrong Steps” by Erica Martinez and “Dangerous Goods” by Robert E. Malbrough. Other individuals involved in this production include Skiles, Jennifer Mau, Eric Kosecki, Zach Stember, Dan Calderon, Hope Braley, Kristen Hanks, Paige Geis, Adrian Huichapa, Jesse Lowell Anholt, Nancy Cruz, Emily Morris, Sarah Powell, Chris Gubbs, Ben Peets and Amber McKenzie, Kyle Atkinson, shop carpenter, and Kali Vlahos, technical director.

“An Evening of Shorts” company is comprised of 18 members and these students, faculty and staff will all have a unique job for each of the plays. For example, one person will become an actor, help move scenery during another play, direct the third play and then help with costumes for another. This experience allows students to experience all aspects of theatrical production during the course of the show.

“Writing a play is difficult, but getting it produced is almost impossible. We are offering five new playwrights the chance to see their work brought to life for the very first time,” Skiles said. “The community should support this highly creative endeavor by experiencing something that is very unique – an evening of five different stories told in five different styles. Each play is 10 to 20 minutes in length, so the evening moves at lightning speed.”

“An Evening of Shorts” will run Feb. 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26-27 at 2 p.m. in LSC-Kingwood’s Performing Arts Theatre. General admission is $12, senior citizens are $10 and students are $5.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Drama department’s entry and travel fees to the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Play Festival at Texas A&M Commerce in March. At the festival, the 18-member company will present “An Evening of Shorts” to an assembly of college theatre programs from across the state. Students will compete for awards in acting, directing, playwriting, stage management and design in: poster, program, lighting, sound and costume. Other colleges participating are Blinn, Weatherford, Howard, Panola, Wharton County Junior College, Houston Community College-Southwest, LSC-Tomball and Navarro.

For more information on “An Evening of Shorts” contact Jan Schultz at 281-312-1532 or Janet.A.Schultz@LoneStar.edu.

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