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Motlow College theatre students to present original musical "Issues" April 9-11

April 2, 2015

Motlow College theatre department students will present a new, original musical titled "Issues," beginning Thursday, April 9 in Powers Auditorium inside Eoff Hall on the Moore County campus. The musical was written by Jeannie Gallant, associate professor of communications at Motlow, with the assistance of her students.

The 75-minute show will have performances on Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The titular issues that are addressed throughout the musical are bullying, teen violence in dating relationships, self-image, racism and homelessness.

"Before writing this, I collaborated with my students to develop the list of issues that are addressed in this lively show," said Gallant. "During the collaboration, it came to light that two of the students had been homeless and one had been involved in a violent dating relationship, so the script has first-hand experiences about the issues."

The show involves a non-linear structure, which includes, among other forms of non-traditional theatre production, the use of mixed media forms, theatrical improvisation, and the use of non-linear storytelling conventions.

"This is a step in a new direction for the Motlow theatre department," added Gallant. "This group of students was ready to try something experimental and make a statement to our society.

In addition to the collaboration between Gallant and her students, the theatre department is also collaborating with Pam Harris, instructor of psychology and sociology at Motlow, and her Social Problems class. Thursday's show will feature a question and answer session with the class after the performance.

"The issues being discussed in the play are some of the most dynamic problems facing our current and next generation of students," said Harris. "We are honored to collaborate with the theatre department to bring a message of knowledge, understanding and hope to young people in our community."

Cast members include: Matthew Elliot, Chloe Neil, Erin Nobbman, Sarah Olson, Chris Pfender, Dallas Schofill, Bennie Thompson, Ellen (ET) Thompson, Casey Wilburn, Thomas Meeks, Zeb Swerske, and Jeanna Anderson.

Additional personnel are: Jeannie Gallant, writer and director; Ann Baldwin, music director; Kurt Krause, art and set design, Zachary Ray, sound design, and Will Rudder, lighting design.

For more information about the theatre department, please contact Jeannie Gallant at 931-393-1730 or
The Motlow College theatre department will present an original musical, "Issues" next week in Powers Auditorium inside Eoff Hall on the Moore County campus. The musical, written by Jeannie Gallant, associate professor of communications at Motlow, and her students, focuses on issues such as bullying, self-image and racism. Motlow College Photos.