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‘Wham! Bam! Play Slam!’ performances set for August 19 at GSU


August 01, 2017

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The Theatre & Performance program at Georgia Southern University will open its performance season with the fifth annual “Wham! Bam! Play Slam!” – a 24-hour dramatic whirlwind that features original scripts written, rehearsed and performed by students. The performance event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on August 19.

According to Lisa Abbott, associate chair of the Department of Communication Arts and associate professor of Theatre, students and faculty will get together at 7 on Friday night, August 18, at GSU’s Center for Art and Theatre for some food and a meet-and-greet. Around 9, after some theater and improvisation games, casts will be chosen, along with directors.

Students are allowed to sign up for one of three groups: actor, writer or director. The names are put into a hat, and each of the groups will have one writer, one director and a group of actors. Each group will have 24 hours to write, direct and cast their show.

“We usually end up with about six or seven casts with two or three actors each,” Abbott said. “At this point, the professors leave.”

Casts are then free to improvise, while playwrights get to work on the scripts, which must be finished by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Abbott says a core group of students generally stays at the theater all night watching movies and helping the playwrights.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the casts come together to rehearse. Technical details are worked out and the doors open at 7. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m., and the audience in place will see the finished works. Abbott noted that the material is generally for adult audiences.

Rising junior and Theatre South president Jessica Dube has been active in the theater program since her freshman year, and is a Theater major. She says the event is a fun way for students to be introduced to the program and get to know other students interested in the arts.

She says the plays are generally about 10 minutes long, and students are allowed to bring scripts on stage. Plays can be about anything the students like and have, in the past, ranged from mysteries to adventures to romance to simply funny dialogue.

“They’re encouraged to come up with any sort of topic they want to,” Dube said. “It’s just a really fun, get-to-know-people and become active in the program as soon as the semester starts event.”

The Wham! Bam! Play Slam! is a free event and is open to the public. 


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