Theater Ensemble to showcase talent

September 17, 2014

Jose Melendez / Tejano Tribune

Keith Townsend directed Back to the 80's during the summer. 

 

Valeria Pizarro

 

El Paso Community College’s theatre program hosted its final matinee for the summer’s Performer’s Studio earlier this month. 

 

Raising $3,000 in profits on their closing weekend alone, the EPCC theatre program has donated their profits towards a student scholarship nearing $20,000.

 

Artistic director Keith Townsend already has this fall’s main stage production ready.

 

Water by the Spoonful will have its opening night this Friday, Sept. 19 at the EPCC Transmountain Forum Theatre. 

 

Scheduled dates and times for that play are Sept. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m. 

 

“Water by the Spoonful will be this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival entry,” Townsend said. “Professors from UTEP and NMSU will be responding to our show.

Basically, they will be providing oral critique.” 

 

Prices are $7 for EPCC students and staff, $10 for military and $15 for general admission.

 

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Trainsmountain campus Forum box office, which opens two hours prior to each show. 

 

With six nominations for the Irene Ryan National Acting Award in the past two years, Townsend is intending to continue the program’s success with “Water by the Spoonful.”

 

On Sept. 25, the theatre program will also be having its yearly “Welcome Back” meeting at the Valle Verde Campus in room C-401, where there will be an official meet and greet of faculty and staff. 

All students who would like to become involved with all aspects of theatre are encouraged to attend the meeting to obtain more information on upcoming opportunities. 

 

Along with a review of the program’s event calendar, information on November’s auditions for the musical “Rent” will also be provided to students.

 

Information about stage opportunities for the popular Christmas Variety show will also be available.

 

For any other information regarding EPCC’s theatre program, contact Keith Townsend at keitht@epcc.edu. For reservations call 831-5056.

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