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January 14, 2003

Annual theatre fest
showcases talents of 1,000 teens

Graphic: Lenaea Logo High school students will take center stage at California State University, Sacramento during the 46th annual Lenaea Festival, Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.

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 and production.

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.

Photo: The Lenaea Festival 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.

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