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Southern Miss Theatre to Perform ‘Scapin’ at Regional Festival

Date    12/12/05
Contact Angela Kilcrease 601.266.4988


HATTIESBURG – The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance announced today that its fall semester production of Scapin has been invited to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) regional conference Feb. 7-12, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Scapin, a hilarious adaptation of the Moliere play by Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell, had a successful run at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre at Southern Miss in October. The show then headed to the Mississippi KCACTF festival in Columbus in November, where it received an enthusiastic nomination for the regional ACTF festival.

Of the 23 productions in 10 southeastern states that were nominated, six will be performed in Jacksonville. The conference also provides students nominated for Irene Ryan performance awards and Barbizon design awards an opportunity to share their work with colleagues and to receive official adjudication.

“The entire Scapin company did a fantastic job with this material,” said Louis Rackoff, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southern Miss. “Assistant Professor Scot Mann, who directed the production, along with the talented and enthusiastic actors, designers, stage managers, and technicians all contributed to a production that is a wonderful artistic achievement and a fast-paced, delightful performance.”

Elliott Pood, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, couldn’t agree more. “Our theatre and dance department has the reputation of quality productions and has a proven track record with the ACTF program,” he said. “We support their efforts wholeheartedly and know they will represent the Southern Miss community well.”

Rackoff said the department is planning to bring Scapin back to the Tatum Theatre in early February for special performances prior to the Jacksonville appearance.

“We want to give the cast and crew a chance to fine-tune the production and to give the Southern Miss and Hattiesburg audience another opportunity to see this extraordinary production,” Rackoff said.

Details and tickets for the special Scapin performances in February will be available in January 2006. For more information, call the department at 601.266.4994.

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