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One-Act Festival starts tonight
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The UW–Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts and the Pioneer Players will conclude its theatre season with the annual “One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays.”

The production will be held in the Center for the Arts Theatre today through Saturday, May 2–4 at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s One Act Festival showcases the work of five student directors, all of whom are theatre majors: Pearl Balch, Bob Briggs, Kim Cordova, Jarrod Diehm and Allen Sveom. The student directors learn how to guide and translate their ideas effectively to actors and compose imaginative, evocative stage pictures.

The plays being presented this year are “Dialogue” by Stewart Boston, “The Fairy Garden” by Harry Kondoleon, “One for the Road” by Harold Pinter, “Stage Kiss” by Michael R. Kramer and “Sure Thing” by David Ives.

The plays will also highlight the talents of 15 actors: Austin Baeten, Emily Cooksey, Emily Cushing, Trent Cybela, Cody Ellis, Elliott Frieden, Bridget Kelly, Karissa Kieler, Rachel Kulack, Rachael Lester, John O’Sullivan IV, Michelle Seefield, DeVante Shaw, Lydianne Trush and Dakota Vaassen.

In addition to the directors and actors, the festival includes theatre major Grayson Basina as stage manager, theatre minor Steve Owings as technical director and theatre major Lucas Pawelski as lighting designer.
While many of the students involved have participated in past UW–Platteville productions, there are many new faces as well.

“This festival is truly a student-driven production,” said Ann Dillon Farrelly, associate professor of theatre.  “While David Schuler, associate professor of theatre, and I supervise the students throughout the process, this production is an opportunity for them to apply what they have learned in all aspects of theatre.  “It tests their abilities to mount a production from start to finish.”

“It gives us a chance to really gauge what they are learning,” said Schuler. “We take a more ‘hands off’ approach to make sure our students can put the principles and theories they learn in the classroom into practice.”

The production is recommended for mature audiences.

Tickets are available at the University Box Office in Ullsvik Hall. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 342-1298 or online at Ticket prices are $9 for adults, $8 for UW–Platteville faculty, staff and seniors, and $5 for current Platteville students with a valid ID or anyone younger than 18.