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Renowned Walnut Street Theatre Presents Outreach

Around the World in 80 DaysContinuing its long-standing tradition and commitment to education, the critically acclaimed touring company from America’s oldest continuously operating theater, Walnut Street Theatre, will present two acting technique masterclasses and two question and answer sessions. The troupe will be in town for their 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, performance of the play adaptation of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days.

All of the sessions will feature veteran actor Bill Van Horn. Van Horn is an actor/director/playwright at Walnut Street Theatre, associate artistic director/actor at the Theater at Monmouth in Monmouth, Maine, a voice-over artist and writer at Peter Rosen Productions in New York City, and a librettist with Dicapo Opera Theatre, also in New York City.

For IUP, there are two sessions that will take place. The first is an evening acting technique masterclass for Theater majors, while the second is a question and answer session that takes place in theater professor Jason Chimonides’ special topics course on the playwright/director relationship. This session is for individuals interested and playwriting. It will be geared to theater and English literature students.

There are also two sessions that will take place in our local schools. The first is an acting technique masterclass at Indiana Area Senior High for drama students. The second is at Indiana Area Middle School as the final part of a 20-day ArtsPath residency with literary artist PJ Piccirillo. A portion of the residency explored Around the World in 80 Days, and after viewing the performance, students will have the opportunity to ask questions of Van Horn.

Additional questions may be directed to ArtsPath associate director for arts-in-education services, Jeff Wacker, at 724-357-2787 (ARTS), or at jwacker@iup.edu.

Posted on 2/7/2013 2:14:02 PM

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