Posting Date: January 13, 2012


Top 10 College of the Arts Stories for 2011

The College of the Arts had another busy year in 2011. The School of Music launched the inaugural season of the Scholarship Series. KSU's production of "Splittin' the Raft" received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The College also awarded its first art history degrees.

Here are the top 10 stories of the year, according to the number of pageviews:



#1 KSU presents "Dark Forest"
Production features tales from the Brothers Grimm

Adapted and co-directed by John Gentile, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance, “Dark Forest” was based on the fairy tales and poem from the Brothers Grimm. The production also incorporated poetry of contemporary poets whose work is connected to the original tales.





#2 Starlight Summer Concert Series offers outdoor music events
Series features fireworks, jazz, bluegrass and more

A summertime tradition for more than ten years, the Starlight Series welcomed another slate of performers to its outdoor stages, including the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Joey Singer and Bill Conliffe, Laura Coyle and Friends and Blue Highway.



#3 Kennesaw State Dance Company to present "Paquita + III"
The evening features new contemporary, modern and classical ballets

Presented in collaboration with the Atlanta Ballet and staged by Reiko Kimura, “Paquita” depicts the love story between a young gypsy girl and a dashing French officer. The performance also featured three original works by artist-in-residence Lauri Stallings, assistant professor Sandra Parks and program director Ivan Pulinkala.




#4 KSU Orchestra performs with Kansas
Performance raises funds for music programs

As part of its Collegiate Symphony Tour, the legendary rock band Kansas performed with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. A percentage of the ticket sales from the performance went to KSU.



#5 KSU music student Jessica Hicks receives Regents' Scholarship
Hicks co-hosts Regents' Awards for Excellence scholarship event

When Jessica Hicks got the call she had won the Regents’ President’s Choice Scholarship from the University System of Georgia, it seemed to come at the perfect time. Her father had just lost his job and the family was worried about the amount of loans they would have to take out in order to keep her in school.



#6 Georgia Symphony Orchestra to perform outdoor concert at KSU
Performance include patriotic fireworks display

Kennesaw State University presented the fourth annual Star Spangled Spectacular on the Campus Green featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (formerly known as the Cobb Symphony Orchestra) at the outdoor Starlight SUmmer Concert Series.




#7 KSU receives NEA grant for production of "Splittin' the Raft"
Project will foster community engagement

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance with the Arts Education in American Communities grant in support of the upcoming production of the play "Splittin’ the Raft."




#8 Double bill celebrates work of Jean Cocteau
Kennesaw State presents two short plays

The KSU Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance presented “The Cocteau Hour,” a double billing highlighting the works of French playwright Jean Cocteau. The production featured Cocteau's play "The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party" and an original response commissioned by KSU, "The Veiling Mists, or More Perils of Photography."




#9 Kennesaw State Opera Theatre to perform "Hansel and Gretel"
Performance includes KSU Orchestra and Georgia Youth Symphony Chorus

Based on the Brothers Grimm classic fairytale, "Hansel and Gretel" tells the story of two young siblings' attempts to outwit an evil witch who lives deep in a forest. The production featured two rotating casts composed of students from the KSU School of Music and the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance.




#10 KSU presents "Splittin' the Raft"
Project encourages community engagement

Written by Scott Kaiser, "Splittin’ the Raft" is a dramatic adaptation of the Mark Twain classic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" as seen through the eyes of the great orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. After the six-night run at KSU, the production was performed at various community arts orgranizations and schools.





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