Students to showcase work in 2016 One Act Festival

April 19, 2016
2015 One Act Festival

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts and Pioneer Players will conclude their theatre season with the “One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays.” The production opens on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and continues with performances on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 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 Ann Farrelly, associate professor of theatre, 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.”

“In the class, students focus on learning how to communicate with designers by developing a concept and focus on learning how to guide and translate their ideas effectively to actors while composing imaginative, evocative stage pictures,” said Farrelly. “The directing class is the culmination of all that they have learned while in the program, and the class challenges them to put those skills into practice by presenting their work to a public audience.”

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 Assistant Professor of theatre Jeffrey Strange. “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 11 student directors, five student designers and 23 student actors. The directors in this year’s class are Grayson Basina, Elliott Frieden, Chris Geenen, Nathan Kirschbaum, Viviana Pereyra, Joshua Rudesill, Dakota Vaassen, Nicholas Varela, Chirissa Zirbel, Charles Gilbert and Cody Wisman – who will also be lighting designers in the festival. The remaining student lighting designers are Jordan Blood, Ben Kapfenstein and Abbie Wagner.

The cast features Michael Ababio, Mary Bade, Dan Bardy, Savannah Bettin, Emily Cooksey, Logan Eigenberger, McKenna Farmer, Katya Franks, John Gunther, Jon Herbers, TJ Herbers, Amy Holtschult, Kyle James, Rachel Kulack, Cody Lindau, Aidan Livingston, Sarah McCraw, Corey Mickle, Jacob Natchigal, Aaron Pliska, Sandra Polakowski, Blair Schuler, Noah Thomas, Zach Thomas and Emma Wilson. Many of the student actors are performing in their first Pioneer Players production. Student Taylor Tieman 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.

Because of the content in some of the plays, 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 $11 for adults, $10 for faculty and staff and seniors and $6 for current students with a valid ID or anyone under 18.

For more information, contact Farrelly at 608-342-6045 or

Formatted by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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