The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Theatre and Dance has been invited to the Great Lakes region meet in early January of the American College Theatre Festival. The department has been invited to stage a scene from the recent Will Power produced production of The Flint Project.”This is a big endorsement for our venture,” said Lauren Friesen, Ph.D. UM-Flint, Department of Theatre and Dance. “If you don’t know about American College Theatre Festival, it’s a big celebration of theatre with workshops, fully mounted productions, scenes from shows, design and acting competitions and much more.”
Every year about 1500 students and faculty from the Midwest attend the festival. There are about 200 productions entered into competition and only eight are selected for the Evening of Scenes; UM-Flint is one of them. Friesen said after some discussion among the faculty and budget considerations, it was decided to bring two scenes that mainly involve students who are already planning on attending the Festival. They include the ‘table scene’ with Jessica Back and T. J. Corbett and the “father/Son and the TV Guide” scene with T J and Mike StCyr.
The scenes will be performed in the evening of Wednesday, January 9. The 40th Annual Festival will be held on the campus of Cardinal Stritch University and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The dates are January 8-13, 2008.