January 18, 2008

High school actors take center stage at Sacramento State

Lenaea Festival graphic

Students from 65 West Coast high schools will hone their skills as they perform for judges and the public during the annual Lenaea Festival at Sacramento State. Workshops and public performances are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 1; 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 2; and 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 3.

The theaters in Shasta Hall and other forums around the campus will be filled with young actors performing 54 one-act plays, 115 duo scenes, 230 monologues and 17 musical theater solos. The celebration will be capped by three command performances highlighting the best of monologues, duo scenes and musical theater, beginning at 3:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3.

Hosted by Sacramento State’s Theatre and Dance Department, the festival is coordinated by alumnus and theater producer Scott Adams and features instruction from department faculty, staff and alumni. The festival’s goals are to give theater teachers and students opportunities to perform, learn new skills and enhance their appreciation of theater.

Past participants have found the festival a valuable learning experience. “What a great way for high school students to see the facilities and work with the professors, technical staff and theater majors of the University,” says Jim Prichard, of Granite Bay High School.

The festival was launched in 1955, inspired by the Lenaea Festival of ancient Greece.

Tickets are available at the festival and cost $5 a day for visitors or $10 for all three days.

For more information, call (916) 278-6702 or visit www.csus.edu/lenaea. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.