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Milligan holds annual One-Act Festival

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (April 25, 2008) — Milligan College students will present eight plays and two student films next week at the college’s annual Festival of One Act Plays and Short Films. One Act plays will be held nightly at 6 p.m., April 29 through May 1, in the Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. Films will be shown on Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium located in Hardin Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

The One Act play festival began in 1987 by Richard Major, professor of theater at Milligan College, as an opportunity for theatre students to direct and produce their own productions.

“The annual festival was launched to ignite a spark of enthusiasm among students and to give them an opportunity to experience first-hand the craft of directing a project from beginning to end,” said Major.

Students from Major’s “Fundamentals of Directing” class will direct this year’s plays: Kyle Kuhn of Fishers, Ind.; Gigi Urgo and BJ Krug both of Milligan College, Tenn.; Kaity Aigner of Ferrum, Va.; Brittany Curtis of Knoxville, Tenn.; Daniel Wallen and Kristie Strand both of Kingsport, Tenn.; and Katie Huntsberger of Vero Beach, Fla.

The student directors choose a play, conduct auditions, cast and rehearse the play. In addition to the directors, numerous Milligan students perform in the plays and each director has a stage manager.

“One of the great by-products of the festival has been our inclusion of short films produced by Milligan communication majors,” said Major.

This year’s films are produced by Madison Matthews of Old Hickory, Tenn., and Graham Johnson of Milligan College, Tenn.

For more information contact Richard Major at 423.461.8771, or email RMajor@milligan.edu.


Tuesday, April 29 (Gregory Liberal Arts Center)

  • “If Girls Asked Boys for Dates” directed by Kyle Kuhn with Jon Hartman stage managing
  • “The Proposal” directed by Gigi Urgo with Kayla Toler stage managing
  • “Wanda’s Visit” directed by Daniel Wallen with Jeremy Long and Lori Strunk stage managing

Wednesday, April 30 (Gregory Liberal Arts Center)

  • “Cindy and Julie” directed by Kaity Aigner with Hailey Williams stage managing
  • “The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year” directed by Brittany Curtis with Brandon Jones stage managing
  • “Cannibals” directed by Katie Huntsberger with Greta Blosser stage managing

Thursday, April 31 (Gregory Liberal Arts Center)

  • “The Queens of France” directed by BJ Krug with Aaron Jones stage managing
  • “Even a Black Sheep” directed by Kristie Strand with Lindsey Jones stage managing

Friday, May 1 (Wilson Auditorium)

  • “Cutting on Action: The Rise and Fall of Maximillian Kane” written and directed by Madison Matthews
  • “Film Noir” written and directed by Graham Johnson


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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