College drama department to present festival of one-act plays
- Written by Jeffry Tupa
"An Evening of Shorts," LSC-Kingwood’s popular 10-minute play festival, returns for its fourth year. LSC-Kingwood students and community members will have a chance to direct, act, and design some of the finest short plays currently available. “'An Evening of Shorts' is an amazing opportunity for our students and community members to learn the processes of directing and design in a very practical way; this is an entirely student-led performance,” said LSC-Kingwood Director of Theatre Eric Skiles. “I act as the producer, production manager and directing mentor. This year we welcome our new technical director, Kalliope Vlahos, into the mix as the design mentor for each play." Performances are April 17-18, at 7:30 p.m.; April 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in the Student Fine Arts Building Performing Arts Center. In addition, there will be a matinee performance on April 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors (55-plus) and $5 for students and are available at the door. For group tickets or reservations, call 281-312-1532. Skiles said the student directors are each responsible for their entire production, from coaching the actors, to set design, lighting and costumes. The six plays run 10-15 minutes each, and the evening runs one and a half hours without intermission. Patrons should note that “An Evening of Shorts” is best suited for mature audiences. “We are constantly re-inventing this festival,” says Skiles. “This year we are producing short plays that have already been produced and published by major playwrights. We had so many submissions last year, 240, that we needed to take a break and re-evaluate the purpose of our festival. In the future we expect to only take submissions from students at colleges and universities to continue to make this festival the most educationally-focused event possible!” Selections include: • No SKRONKING! by Shel Silverstein (from “Shel’s Shorts”), directed by Briana “Breezy” Bilstein. “Signs abound in our society. What happens when you don’t know what the sign means?” • Class Conflict by Craig Pospisil (from “Life is Short”), directed by Brennan Alexander. “Kindergarten can be a tough place for a kid without a plan of attack.” • On the Edge by Craig Pospisil (from “Life is Short”), directed by Allison Butler. “Teenagers hang out on the edge and discuss life, love, and happiness.” • A Mother’s Love by Craig Pospisil (from “Life is Short”), directed by Dana Magby. “Only a M-O-T-H-E-R could protect her child so securely.” • Abandon All Hope by Shel Silverstein (from “Shel’s Shorts”), directed by Scott Thornton. “You are standing at the gates – what will your choice be?” • Joe & Stew’s Theatre of Brotherly Love & Financial Success by Jacquelyn Reingold (from “Things Between Us”), directed by Jesse Anholt. “Who’s going to run the theatres in Post-Apocalyptic New York once all the humans are gone?” Photo top: Kristen Treuil, Joel McCray, and Breezy Bilstein are over-zealous Art Critics in “The Hanging Gallery” staged during the 3rd Annual Evening of Shorts, April 2007. Photo middle: “Aviation Blonde,” a 1940’s Spoof by Mark Dietrich Wyss, was one of six original works staged during the 3rd Annual Evening of Shorts, April 2007. Photo bottom: Professor Erica Smith as the Ringmaster and CC Woods as the Referee in “Tales from the Titanic” one of the featured plays during the 3rd Annual Evening of Shorts, April 2007.