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One act plays, dance performances on display at Lougheed Festival at SUNY Potsdam

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POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host guest artists and present student productions from now through May 4, as part of the third annual Lougheed Festival of the Arts.

In the annual presentation of One Act Plays, students direct, act and produce short dramatic works. This year, there are three programs. Program A, which includes “Heroes,” “Chance Meeting” and “Becoming Through the Eyes of Others,” will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Program B, which includes “Opening,” “The Game” and “No Exit,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m Friday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.7 Program C, which includes “Dead to Me, “Rain” and “July 7, 1994,” will be offered at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. All One Act Plays will be held in the Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theater.

The guest artists of FuturPointe Dance will bring energy and enthusiasm to the festival, with the ensemble’s innovative, modern style. The genre-bending dance troupe is based in Rochester and led by founding artistic producers and choreographers N’Jelle Gage and Guy Thorne. FuturPointe’s signature reggae ballet style is a sophisticated fusion of traditional and modern Caribbean dance forms, ballet and Latin vocabulary. The company’s repertoire incorporates elements of media, fashion and provocative performance art to produce an unusual and emotionally transporting dance experience.

FuturPointe Dance will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center’s Dance Theater. This event is free, but tickets are required, as seating is limited. To reserve a ticket, contact the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277.

There will be a Student Dance Club Showcase from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Dunn Theater, featuring performances by student groups, including the Dance Ensemble, the Swing Dance Club, the Bear Witness Step Team and the Tap Dance Club.

Two innovative SUNY Potsdam theatre students will be featured during the festival. Senior theatre major Susan Rosello ‘14 will host an interactive demonstration about creating zombie and horror special effects makeup on at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Crane School of Music costume shop. ChaRon Brabham ‘14, the senior theatre major who presented Oscars at last year’s Academy Awards after winning a national contest, will screen her short film on at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Barrington Student Union Fireside Lounge.

Actor, playwright and teacher Paul Ricciardi will visit campus during the festival. Ricciardi currently teaches at Siena College in Loudonville. As an actor and award-winning solo performer, he has worked extensively throughout New York City and regionally. Recent credits include a revival of his solo show, “Moving Vehicles,” as well as performances in “Hamlet,” “Love Song” and “Take Me Out.” Ricciardi is the co-vice chair for Region I of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; he is also a recipient of the 2009 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award. Ricciardi will stage his latest solo show, “Angry and Other Stories,” at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 and 2, in the Performing Arts Center’s Proscenium Theater. In addition, he will present a workshop about devising LGBTQ theatre at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at The Crane School of Music. Ricciardi will also offer a masterclass about the Linklater vocal technique at 1 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theater.

On May 2, the Creative Arts Afterschool Program will offer a performance featuring local elementary students who will perform an original work at 4:30 p.m. in the PAC Black Box Theater.

The annual Senior Choreography Concert will feature original works of six graduating dance majors, produced and performed by their peers. The student choreographers include Katie Binder, Sam DiPietro, Krystal Quero, Barre Cross, Marie Lipscomb and LaNeise Goggans. The concert will be offered at 7:30 p.m. May 2, at 5 p.m. May 3, and on at 2 p.m. May 4. All performances will be presented in the PAC Dance Theater.

Senior theatre major Aaron Moore ‘14 will present his original play, “Color in Motion,” to close out the Lougheed Festival of the Arts at 7 p.m. May 4 in Dunn Theater. In addition to his work as a playwright and actor, Moore has also served as the president of the Black Student Alliance as an undergraduate. He will be the academic honoree for the Bachelor’s Commencement Ceremony next month.

For the full Lougheed Festival of the Arts schedule of events, visit www.potsdam.edu/artsfestival.

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