Students showcase work in 2014 One Act Festival

April 22, 2014
Center for the Arts

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts and Pioneer Players will conclude its theatre season with the “One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays.” The production opens on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and continues with evening performances on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Center for the Arts Theatre at UW-Platteville.

“Putting the theories and techniques the students are learning in the classroom into practice is a vital component of the theatre major and minor here at UW-Platteville,” said Dr. Ann Farrelly, associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville, who teaches the upper-level directing course. “The directing class encourages students to incorporate the skills and knowledge they have acquired from previous classes in acting, design, play analysis, theatre history and dramatic literature.”

Farrelly said that in the class, students focus on learning how to communicate with designers by developing a concept as well as how to guide and translate their ideas effectively to actors while composing imaginative, evocative stage pictures.

“The directing class is the culmination of all they have learned while in the program, and the class challenges them to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom by presenting their work to a public audience,” said Farrelly.

In addition to the directors, this year’s festival will also feature designs from the students in the program’s lighting design class, taught by Jeffrey Strange, assistant professor of theatre at UW-Platteville. “Bringing the students in these classes together helps to reinforce the importance and necessity of collaboration in theatre,” said Strange.

This year's One Act Festival showcases the work of six student directors, seven student designers and 18 student actors. Student directors include Laura Horstmann, Nina Kenefick, Daniel McMullen and Lucas Pawelski. Forrest Carufel and Amanda Nerby are members of both classes and will be directing and designing productions in the festival. The remaining lighting designers are Danby Hang, Jen Jacobus, Nathan Kirschbaum, Josh Lawyer and Dakota Vaassen. 

The 18-member cast features Michael Ababio, Sunshine Balch, Emily Cooksey, Emily Cushing, Mason Hawes, Jen Jacobus, Paul Krombos, Rachael Lester, Benjamin Lewis, Cody Lindau, Mitchell Losey, Sarah McCraw, John O’Sullivan, Gage Risen, Joshua Rudesill, Johnny Schumaker, Noah Thomas and Emma Wilson. Many of the student actors are performing in their first Pioneer Players production. Graduating senior Travis Ottelien will serve as the production stage manager.

“From the sublime to the ridiculous, this year's slate of short plays has something for everyone,” said Farrelly.

The production is recommended for mature audiences.

Tickets are available at the University Box Office located on the ground floor of Ullsvik Hall. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at (608) 342-1298 or online at Ticket prices are $9 for adults; $8 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $5 for current students with a valid ID or anyone under 18.

Contact: Dr. Ann Farrelly, associate professor of theatre, (608) 342-6045,

Formatted by: Jena Garrett, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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