Posting Date: August 24, 2009
Theater professors lend their talents to help students
By Jarmea L. Boone
On Aug. 28, members of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies will perform a staged reading of the classic screenplay “Charade,” directed by L. Dean Adams, associate professor and artistic director. The one-night-only event will be held at 8 p.m. in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater (previously scheduled in the Bailey Performance Center). The annual fundraiser serves Alpha Psi Omega, the national honorary theatre society.
“Alpha Psi Omega’s chapter or ‘cast’ here at KSU is dedicated to supporting the mission of the department and to promoting the excellence of Theatre and Performance Studies scholar-artists,” says Jane Barnette, advisor to Alpha Psi Omega and assistant professor of theatre and performance studies. In the past, the organization has raised money for such events as last spring’s town hall meeting on campus and last fall’s extra performance of “The Apple Tree” during which Alpha Psi Omega paid for the royalties and worked the front of house. “Every penny raised during this reading will be used to support KSU's APO activities directly,” says Barnette.
“Charade” is a 1963 film by Peter Stone and Marc Behm and starred Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau. The romantic suspense thriller involved Regina Lampert, a woman pursued by several men who wanted a fortune that her murdered husband, Charles, had stolen. The movie was remade in 2002 as “The Truth About Charlie” starring Thandie Newton and Mark Wahlberg.
Barnette expects that the evening will be enjoyable for the audience. “We hope to fill as much of the theater as we possibly can with TPS majors and alumni, as well as other guests from across and beyond the campus,” she says. “Spectators can expect to be entertained, not just by the adaptation of this film script, but by the talents and good cheer of the and staff of our department, who have graciously donated their time and energy to this vital fundraiser.”
Admission is a $5 donation and tickets for the event will be sold at the door. For more information, please call 770-499-3123.