When West Virginia-born Homer Hickam stood in his backyard watching the Soviet satellite Sputnik orbit the Earth, he had no way of knowing it would lead him to a life filled with scientific discovery and artistic expression. Fans of Hickam’s work will be enchanted by the whimsical dramatization of his experiences in the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts production of “Rocket Boys The Musical.”
When Dr. Francene Kirk talks about her upcoming multimedia research project focused on the societal messages women receive about what it means to be female, mainly in the years before 1972, you can hear the passion in her voice.
The upcoming 150th anniversaries of West Virginia’s statehood and the Civil War were two reasons “Little Women” was selected as the next production of Fairmont State University’s Town & Gown Summer Theatre.
Fairmont State University’s Town & Gown Summer Theatre continues its longstanding tradition of musical productions when it presents “Little Women” and the world premiere of “Farmers Market the Musical” this summer.
The initial spring semester theatre offering by the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and Masquers theatre group is Jane Anderson’s “Defying Gravity,” a fictional account of the circumstances surrounding the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion that killed seven crew members, among them teacher Krista McAuliffe. The story is told from the point of view of Elizabeth, the teacher’s adult daughter, as she reminisces about the events, which occurred when she was 5 years old.
During November, the Fairmont community will have the opportunity to experience a timeless story with a twist, as the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and Masquers theatre group present “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder.
The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Masquers theatre group will present the first theatre performance of the academic year in September. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a new musical comedy, opens Friday, Sept. 21, on the Wallman Hall Stage.
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