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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
December 03, 2003
Teen talent hits the stage in
annual high school drama-fest
University, Sacramento will play host to the largest high school drama event
of its kind for the 48th year when the 2004 Lenaea Festival opens Jan. 30. More
than 1,000 high school students are expected to participate in plays, monologues
and duets during the three-day festival at venues throughout the University.
The Lenaea Festival
The student performances
are critiqued by CSUS professors and other acting professionals to assist the
burgeoning actors with the development of their craft. Festival events run from
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
31 and Sunday, Feb. 1. Honors for acting, directing, writing, design and production
are presented during an exciting awards ceremony at the festival’s close.
“This is a high-powered, three-day, intensified period of performance
and learning in which students, teachers and staff take away moments they will
remember for the rest of their lives,” says festival spokesperson Scott
Adams. The festival is named after the ancient Greek theatrical celebration
of the god Dionysus.
Nearly 70 high
schools were represented in last year’s festival. This year the festival
will take on a particular poignancy with the passing of CSUS theatre professor
Robert Smart in August. Smart had been the “life and soul” of the
festival since the early ‘90s. The 2004 Lenaea Festival is dedicated to
Schools may register for the festival until Jan. 9. Festival performances are
open to the public, and $5 day and $10 weekend passes are available. For more
information, call (916) 278-6702. Media assistance is available from CSUS public
affairs at (916) 278-6156.
California State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156