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Playwrights' work featured in upcoming production

Playwrights' work featured in upcoming production
LSC-Kingwood invites the community to its 10th annual “Evening of Shorts” drama production. Pictured are Daniel Robnett, Ariana Gonzalez, area high school student; Austin Colburn and Christian Peck rehearsing a scene from “¿Illegal Aliens?”, one of six plays in the production.

Amateur drama pieces are guaranteed to entertain the audience at Lone Star College-Kingwood’s 10th annual “Evening of Shorts”.

The “Evening of Shorts” is an original play festival that features works written, directed, performed and designed by LSC-Kingwood students and alumni. The second production of the spring semester will take place April 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23-24 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Black Box.

“These plays are entirely created by our talented students. The audience will see brand new plays that demonstrate what our students are thinking about today,” said Eric Skiles, professor and artistic director of theatre at LSC-Kingwood. “Each show is completely different and all six plays occur each night in 100 minutes. It is cutting edge theatre.”

This year’s production will feature “Elevator Operator” by Madilyn Loyacano, directed by Eric C. Skiles; “Letters to Lucy” by Joshua Williamson, directed by Paul Broussard; “¿Illegal Aliens?” by Pat Wetuski, directed by Jordan Everett; “Coffee Matters” by Jessica deWoody, directed by Skiles; “The Great Debate” by Audrey Kennedy, directed by Carly Hailey; and “Poetry Trip” by Katherine Polkinghorne, directed by Austin Colburn.

“Our student directors were asked to read all six plays and select their favorite two. Then they created a ‘production design’ for their top two picks,” Skiles said. “The design included their idea of the ‘main theme’ of each play and needed scenery, lighting and costumes for each work. This year, each director is directing their top pick.”

In addition to the aforementioned cast, the entire company also includes: Rachel Bloom, Briana Steptoe, Daniel Robnett, Kullen Pope, Tabatha Denton, Joe Pizano, Bruce Arrick, Elizabeth Walker, Ariana Gonzalez, Christian Peck; Billy Russom; Prince Winbush, Michael Pham, Charles Redmond, Seah Fitzgerald and Ricky Rios. The crew consists of: Corey Bischalaney, production stage manager; Joshua McElroy and Alli Nauert, lighting designers; and Marissa Mascolo and Kimberly Dowden, costume designers.

Tickets to “Evening of Shorts” are $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors age 55 and older and $7 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lonestar.edu/seasons. All proceeds go toward student scholarships and theatre equipment. For more information, call the Box Office at 281-312-1532.

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.