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College to Present Short Plays Directed by Students

On Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, the Elizabethtown College Theatre Department will host the eighth Shorts Fest. The production will showcase five student directors from the directing class taught by Professor Michael Swanson through the Theatre Department.

This year, four of the plays come from outside writers, and one was written by an Elizabethtown College student, Tasha Lewis. Lewis is involved in the Shorts Fest as both a director and playwright and raves about her experience in this production.

“Shorts Fest is a great opportunity for students to show what they have learned and get some experience in a more professional setting,” Lewis said. “We have a lot of creative freedom and responsibility in this project.”

The Shorts Fest is an opportunity for students to showcase their skills in directing and play production. Students choose plays with very few actors and basic lighting, sound, and set requirements in order to accommodate multiple shows being performed in one night. While plays are performed by actors who have memorized their scripts and are able to use props and furniture, no full set is built.

By opening auditions to all students and to the public, the Shorts Fest also offers experience in theatre to others not enrolled in the directing class.

“People can taste theater a bit, and sometimes they go on to audition for further productions,” Swanson said.

The Elizabethtown College Shorts Fest will be performed on Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23 ,at 8 p.m. in the Tempest Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling 717-361-1170 or by emailing: boxoffice@etown.edu.

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