Students to act scenes from contemporary theater Oct. 21-23

Stage and screen students Sarah Lipham and Timoth Stoeckel act a scene from "Reasons to Be Pretty," one of the contemporary plays featured in the "Conservatory Showcase," Oct. 21-23 at WCU's Niggli Theatre.

Stage and screen students Sarah Lipham and Timoth Stoeckel act a scene from “Reasons to Be Pretty,” one of the contemporary plays featured in the “Conservatory Showcase,” Oct. 21-23 at WCU’s Niggli Theatre.

Theater students at Western Carolina University will present selected scenes from contemporary plays during the “Conservatory Showcase,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, through Thursday, Oct. 23, at Niggli Theatre.

The student actors, among the university’s finest, are enrolled in the stage and screen department’s acting conservatory class, which requires an audition for entry. They are Sarah Lipham, Dayna Damron, Bethany Rowe, Jon Cowart, Timothy Stoeckel, Alexandra LaBelle, Sean Nelson, Anthony Giordano and Kaley McCormack. Claire Eye and Peter Savage, instructors in the department of stage and screen, will direct the production.

Featured plays include “Juvenelia” by Wendy MacLeod; “Stone Cold Dead Serious” by Adam Rapp; “Reasons to Be Pretty” and “Some Girl(s)” by Neil LaBute; “Search and Destroy” by Howard Korder; and “Bug” by Tracy Letts.

The production includes themes of sexuality, profanity and violence and is for mature audiences only. Seating is general admission, and ticket price is $3 at the door. For more information, call the department of stage and screen at (828) 227-7491.