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Department of Theater Arts at Le Moyne Invited to Perform at Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Fest

Contact: Matt Chiorini (315) 445-4267

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release)… The Department of Theater Arts at Le Moyne College has been invited to re-mount its fall 2011 production of “Rhinoceros” at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. The festival will take place in Fitchburg, Mass., Jan. 24-29.

“This is a tremendous honor for our department and a historic highlight for LMC Visual and Performing Arts. We’ve always known we had something special at the Coyne Performing Arts Center, and this validation is very gratifying,” says Matt Chiorini, director of the production. “Especially gratifying is that a smaller program like ours has been invited to compete in a venue typically dominated by schools with larger programs. Last year’s festival featured productions from Yale and Boston University, so Le Moyne is stepping into big shoes with ‘Rhinoceros,’ and it truly is an honor to be invited.”

The Regional Festival represents hundreds of colleges throughout the Northeast, and has invited the four top productions to perform. Nationwide, fewer than 40 productions have been invited to perform at their regional festivals. Le Moyne will be taking 25 students and several faculty members to participate in the festival, and several have already been singled out for honors. Lauren Pisano ’12, Jake Ellison ’12 and Tyler Sperrazza ’13 have been nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship awards; Justin Sullivan ’12 has been accepted into the Directing Fellowship competition; and James Barcomb ’13 has been accepted into the Critics Institute workshop. In addition to performing for more than a thousand theater students and faculty from colleges throughout the northeast, Le Moyne students will be attending workshops, classes, competitions and career seminars led by professional theater artists.

To raise funds for transporting the large number of students and faculty, as well as the set, props and costumes to the festival, the theater department is hosting a fundraising performance of “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris on Saturday, Dec. 17. Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $15 for the Le Moyne community (with valid ID). For additional information and ticket reservations, please call the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at (315) 445-4523.

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posted on: 12/13/2011