March 25, 2011: During April 4-16, 2011, Belhaven University’s Threatre Department will be presenting The Belhaven Theatre Festival, a two-week series of theatrical events – from guest artists C. McNair Wilson and Rich Swingle, solo performances by faculty member John Maxwell and others, staged readings of original works, and much more.

"The Theatre Festival is a new project that we are hoping to make an annual event," said Joseph Frost, Chair of the Theatre Department. "It is an opportunity for the students to create and perform their own projects, from solo and collaborative pieces to design and technical showcases. As well as, the chance to bring guest artists of the caliber of McNair Wilson and Rich Swingle into contact with our students and community is also a great blessing."

First Week:
Monday, April 4
6:00 pm: Opening Ceremony of the Festival
7:30 pm: The Bald Soprano

Tuesday, April 5
7:30 pm: The Bald Soprano
9:30 pm: Directing Presentation: Dave Harris Rhinoceros

Wednesday, April 6
7:30 pm: Maxwell solo show – Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?
9:30 pm: Beat Poems by Wayne Harrell

Thursday, April 7
7:30 pm: Staged Reading – CITA new play contest winner
9:30 pm: Never Alone – solo dance piece by Megg Johnson and Out of the Sandbox – original work by Ginny Holladay

Friday, April 8
6:30 pm: Staged Reading - We Need to Talk by John Maxwell

Saturday, April 9
9:00 am: Swingle – sociodrama workshop
2:00 pm: Senior Recital – Marie Warner
3:00 pm: Senior Recital – Danielle Davis
7:30 pm: Featured Performance – Beyond the Chariots, Rich Swingle
10:00 pm: Improv Performance

Second Week:
Monday, April 11
9:30 pm: (in)seCUREty – devised show

Tuesday, April 12
6:30 pm: DesLab: ‘Lighting and Sound Show’
9:30 pm: (in)seCUREty – devised show

Wednesday, April 13
7:30 pm: Maxwell solo show – Judas
9:30 pm: (in)seCUREty – devised show

Thursday, April 14
7:30 pm: Acting I showcase
9:30 pm: (in)seCUREty – devised show

Friday, April 15
7:30 pm: Featured performance - From Up Here, McNair Wilson

Saturday, April 16
9:00 am: McNair workshop – Creativity Tour
10:00 am: Evie’s Friends (children’s theatre by Anna Rebmann
4:00 pm: Senior Recital – Scott Gaines
9:00 pm: Closing Ceremony and Reception

Admission will vary per event. Contact the Theatre Box Office for more information at 601.965.7026 or by email at

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