students will take center stage at California State University, Sacramento
during the 46th annual Lenaea Festival, Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.
showcases talents of 1,000 teens
The event is the largest high school drama event of its kind in the
nation. It features three days of one-act plays, monologues and duets
by more than 1,000 high school students from all over the West Coast.
The plays include original, student-written scripts.
The students perform in front of professionals, university professors,
parents and the general public. Their work is critiqued, and awards
are given for outstanding work in acting, directing, writing, design
Eleven CSUS venues will be used throughout the festival. Friday events
are from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday events are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and
Sunday events are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival takes it name from the ancient Greeks, whose Lenaea Festival
emphasized comedy. It began at CSUS in 1957 as a way to get CSUS involved
with the community and local high school drama departments.
In 1998, the Lenaea Festival received the Northern California Educational
Theatre Association award for "Excellence in Theatre Education."
In 1999, the California Alliance of Arts Education honored it for
"Exceptional Contributions to Arts Education."
Weekend passes for the event are $10 and daily passes are $5. They
are available on the day of the event in the University Theatre box
office in Shasta Hall, where daily program information will be available.
More information is available at (916) 278-6702 or www.lenaea.com.
Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public
affairs at (916) 278-6156.