CSU Happenings Dec. 1-8

Dec. 1-4 CSU THEATRE TO PREMIERE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE WINNING PRODUCTION
Columbus State Universitys Department of Theatre will premiere Seagulls in a Cherry Tree, Thursday through Sunday in the Fine Arts Hall auditorium. The comedy is the 2005 winning entry in CSUs International Playwriting Competition, earning its creator, William Missouri Downs, the $1,000 Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting. Corse, professor emeritus of theatre and English at Clayton State University, established the competition in 2003.

Downs, a former Hollywood screenwriter, plans to attend the opening performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Subsequent curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and $13 for seniors, active military and CSU alumni. CSU students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket per production. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Hall box office at 569-3179.

Professor Kate Musgrove, chair of CSUs theatre department, directs the production with Downs plot centered on a pair of Hollywood writers hired by Disney to adapt Chekhovs play The Cherry Orchard from stage to screen. The writers escape the Los Angeles smog and trek to an isolated arts colony outside Moscow, Idaho. The colony is full of Chekhovian characters. However, the problem for the writers, Stan and Boris, is they just dont get Chekhov -- one of the most important playwrights in Russian history.

Downs, a University of Wyoming theatre professor, is a former screenwriter with credits including NBC sitcoms My Two Dads, Amen and Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Meanwhile, his award-winning plays have been staged worldwide.

CSU theatre professor Steven Graver, who directs the competition, said the event presents a unique experience for CSU theatre audiences as well as participating students and faculty. Its an opportunity to experience a production that has no predecessor and no preconceived notions of how it should be done.

The 2005 competition drew more than 300 entries from 11 different countries that were screened by an Atlanta-based expert panel.The 2006 competition is under way and CSU will announce the next winner in late February or early March. For more information, call Graver at 568-2048.

DEC. 3 - COUGAR BASKETBALL: PACK THE HOUSE DAY TO INCLUDE CEREMONY RECOGNIZING SHAW HIGH SCHOOL COACH
Columbus State University will stage its annual Pack the House day for Cougar basketball on Saturday at the Lumpkin Center. Seeking a capacity crowd for the doubleheader with Armstrong Atlantic State, CSU will also honor longtime Shaw High School coach Charles Flowers during halftime of the 3 p.m. mens game. After much success coaching both football and baseball, Flowers will become athletic director of the Muscogee County School District in January.

The womens contest will tip off at 1 p.m. Admission is free for CSU students and personnel, plus active military personnel, with appropriate identification. For more information, call 568-2204.

DEC. 3 PERCUSSION DAY
Schwob School of Music will host Percussion Day beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. The event is free, open to the public and particularly designed for middle and high school students. The schedule includes 1-3 p.m. workshops for middle and high school musicians, directed by CSU percussion professor Paul Vaillancourt and CSU student percussionists; a 4 p.m. concert by CSU student percussionists; and a 7:30 p.m. recital by CSU graduate student Chris Dye. For more information, call 649-7287 or contact Vaillancourt at 649-1235.

DEC. 5 - INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: SHEEN
Columbus State Universitys Center for International Education will screen the film Sheen, at 7 p.m. Monday in CSUs International House. Sheen documents the expulsion of a minority community of Pandits from the Valley of Kashmir in 1990. The movie, free and open to the public, concludes CSUs fall 2005 International Film Festival series, Perspectives of India. For more information, call 565-4036.

DEC. 5 - GUITAR STUDIO RECITAL
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will present a Guitar Studio Recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. General admission is $5. For tickets, call 256-3600.

DEC. 6 - CSU PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will present a performance by the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. General admission is $5. For tickets, call 256-3600.

DEC. 8 - HORN FACULTY RECITAL
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will present a faculty recital by horn professor Kristen Hansen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. General admission is $10. For tickets, call 256-3600.