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UNA Theatre Department Invited To Perform At Prestigious Festival
Jan. 26, 2012



FLORENCE, Ala. – The Department of Music and Theatre at the University of North Alabama was recently invited to perform “Master Harold…and the Boys” Feb. 4 at Daytona State College in Florida at the prestigious 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The festival showcases some of the finest theatre productions throughout the region.

Productions showcased at the festival are screened by a panel of three judges selected by the Kennedy Center and KCACTF national committee. The judges, after consultation with the artistic director, select four to six of the best and most diverse regional festival productions, which go on to be showcased in the spring at the annual, noncompetitive national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

UNA’s production will be featured among other performances by colleges such as University of Central Florida, Kennesaw State University, Florida International University, Middle Tennessee State University and University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Kennedy Center provided a travel grant to each school that was invited.

Faculty and students in the Department of Music and Theatre have rehearsed for weeks for the upcoming festival. The cast will present the production to the campus and local communities Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. in Norton Auditorium before they leave for Daytona Jan. 30. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 general admission and $5 for students, faculty and staff.

UNA originally performed “Master Harold…and the Boys” Feb. 24-26 last year. Directed by professor Charlton James, the Athol Fugard play demonstrates how racist and bigoted behaviors can influence others, but also sheds light on themes of hope and progress. The play won the 1982 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and was nominated for a 1982 Tony Award.

For more information about the festival, contact the Department of Music and Theatre at 256-765-4516.