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Alfred University Theater Institute stars will shine in two performancess

Ensemble pieces depicting star legends, a new play, and several scenes and monologues will enliven the stage in the C.D. Smith Theatre in the Miller Performing Arts Center on the Alfred University campus this weekend.

Participants in the Alfred University High School Theatre Institute have been in town and making theater every day for nearly two weeks, said Dr. Becky Prophet, professor of theater and director of the summer institute.

“The players have been studying exhilarating combinations of acting, technical theatre, design for the theatre, and stage managing,” said Prophet.

The group has created three short ensemble pieces drawn from legends of the characters of summer constellations. They will perform the second act of a new play, Training Wisteria, and some of the students will present scenes and monologues.

Under the tutelage of Prophet, Zach Hamm, Institute co-director, and Rebecca Weaver, voice teacher, the students have developed their performances from ideas and texts to strong ensemble presentations.

The students, who come from many parts of the U.S., will present their work to the public at 11 a.m. Friday (July 17) and 1 p.m. Saturday (July 18). The performances are open to the public, free of charge.