Western Carolina University has a new outreach program called WCU Road Works that will present free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities throughout the region.
“To host, all anyone needs is a place for us to perform and to promote the event in their community or with their membership,” said George Brown, dean of WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts and director of the program.
This summer, the first offering will be a family-friendly production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised,” a parody of the Bard known for comically shortened scenes, pop culture references and occasional audience participation.
The production is completely self-contained and available to be performed either indoors or outdoors, Brown said. Performances can be scheduled any afternoon or evening on unscheduled weekdays in June.
“WCU Road Works is an exciting way to share with communities across our region the dynamic talents of our student artists,” Brown said. “It also serves as another example of Western Carolina University being a dynamic part of Western North Carolina, as well as to promote the College of Fine and Performing Arts and our upcoming performance season.”
Any interested community or organization that wants to book a production should select a date and contact the College of Fine and Performing Arts at 828-227-7028 to receive a confirmation sheet to detail information about the performance site. Once confirmed, the group will receive additional support materials to help with marketing of the event.
Brown said “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised” features three actors ― WCU students Sarina Montgomery in the role of Daniel, Sarah Luckadoo as Jess, and Libby Rounds as Adam ― for an “irreverent, fast-paced romp through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.”
By Geoff Cantrell