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Theatre & Dance to present New Works Festival April 14-19

As the Internet opens new ways of reaching consumers in search of entertainment, performers are finding different ways to use their talent. Many are writing original works to showcase their skills and using new forms such as podcasts, YouTube videos or webisodes.

New Works Festival ad Digital SignTo help encourage students to create their own works, the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance started a Ten Minute Play Festival several years ago. That event has expanded into the New Works Festival, a six-day series showcasing the original work of student writers, actors and producers.

The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance has as its tagline: “The Power of Expression: Collaborate. Create. Captivate.” The New Works Festival will be the culmination of many students doing just that. Works featured in the event will include short plays, solo performances and dance.

“I wanted to write a solo piece because it allows me to talk about things in my life and allows me the use the medium of performance to tell a story,” said Bailey Vincent, a junior from Macon, Georgia, who is performing a solo work.

The New Works Festival begins Thursday (April 14) and concludes Tuesday (April 19) at the Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre. There are three different lineups — Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday and Saturday/Tuesday. Show times are 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. Note: Contains mature content.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560

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