POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdams Department of Theatre and Dance will host guest artists and present student productions from now through May 4, as part of the third annual Lougheed Festival of the Arts.
In the annual presentation of One Act Plays, students direct, act and produce short dramatic works. This year, there are three programs. Program A, which includes Heroes, Chance Meeting and Becoming Through the Eyes of Others, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Program B, which includes Opening, The Game and No Exit, will be presented at 7:30 p.m Friday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.7 Program C, which includes Dead to Me, Rain and July 7, 1994, will be offered at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. All One Act Plays will be held in the Performing Arts Centers Black Box Theater.
The guest artists of FuturPointe Dance will bring energy and enthusiasm to the festival, with the ensembles innovative, modern style. The genre-bending dance troupe is based in Rochester and led by founding artistic producers and choreographers NJelle Gage and Guy Thorne. FuturPointes signature reggae ballet style is a sophisticated fusion of traditional and modern Caribbean dance forms, ballet and Latin vocabulary. The companys repertoire incorporates elements of media, fashion and provocative performance art to produce an unusual and emotionally transporting dance experience.
FuturPointe Dance will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Centers Dance Theater. This event is free, but tickets are required, as seating is limited. To reserve a ticket, contact the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277.
There will be a Student Dance Club Showcase from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Dunn Theater, featuring performances by student groups, including the Dance Ensemble, the Swing Dance Club, the Bear Witness Step Team and the Tap Dance Club.
Two innovative SUNY Potsdam theatre students will be featured during the festival. Senior theatre major Susan Rosello 14 will host an interactive demonstration about creating zombie and horror special effects makeup on at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Crane School of Music costume shop. ChaRon Brabham 14, the senior theatre major who presented Oscars at last years Academy Awards after winning a national contest, will screen her short film on at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Barrington Student Union Fireside Lounge.
Actor, playwright and teacher Paul Ricciardi will visit campus during the festival. Ricciardi currently teaches at Siena College in Loudonville. As an actor and award-winning solo performer, he has worked extensively throughout New York City and regionally. Recent credits include a revival of his solo show, Moving Vehicles, as well as performances in Hamlet, Love Song and Take Me Out. Ricciardi is the co-vice chair for Region I of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; he is also a recipient of the 2009 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award. Ricciardi will stage his latest solo show, Angry and Other Stories, at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 and 2, in the Performing Arts Centers Proscenium Theater. In addition, he will present a workshop about devising LGBTQ theatre at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at The Crane School of Music. Ricciardi will also offer a masterclass about the Linklater vocal technique at 1 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Centers Black Box Theater.
On May 2, the Creative Arts Afterschool Program will offer a performance featuring local elementary students who will perform an original work at 4:30 p.m. in the PAC Black Box Theater.
The annual Senior Choreography Concert will feature original works of six graduating dance majors, produced and performed by their peers. The student choreographers include Katie Binder, Sam DiPietro, Krystal Quero, Barre Cross, Marie Lipscomb and LaNeise Goggans. The concert will be offered at 7:30 p.m. May 2, at 5 p.m. May 3, and on at 2 p.m. May 4. All performances will be presented in the PAC Dance Theater.
Senior theatre major Aaron Moore 14 will present his original play, Color in Motion, to close out the Lougheed Festival of the Arts at 7 p.m. May 4 in Dunn Theater. In addition to his work as a playwright and actor, Moore has also served as the president of the Black Student Alliance as an undergraduate. He will be the academic honoree for the Bachelors Commencement Ceremony next month.
For the full Lougheed Festival of the Arts schedule of events, visit www.potsdam.edu/artsfestival.