“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances” We all go to school, play our part, and even pay our part. No matter what we are essentially getting educated for, we pay for the facilitation of our entire campus. The thought of that gives me a sense of community and even a call of duty. Excuse the pun because I’m definitely not playing any games here. I’m pouring out my soul and exerting my time, my energy to hone my craft. One of the reasons I appreciate this academic institution of humans who have hearts of lions, is simply the out-and-out support of its various organizations. It is extremely impressive to spectate on the University of Arkansas -Fort Smith basketball debut their impeccable Jordan brand uniforms and other gracious sponsors who stand behind our athletics.
Yet, there are peasants who fall victim to collegiate hierarchy. For example, our own Theatre department started from the bottom and is still there. To those students who are too busy indulging their GPA, you might have missed the memo that our own campus has a nationally award-winning Drama Department. In the past 5 years, UAFS Theatre has won 2 regional awards Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), 1 award on a national platform, solely created from Bob Stevenson and company with significantly less funding than other organizations. Not to mention, the department only has two full-time professors and one part-time employee.
This isn’t made to be misinterpreted as a “bone to pick” but was created to inform our community of the adversity and obstacles our Thespian zealots face semester in and semester out. With all the trials and tribulations they face, the productions juxtapose the entire dynamic. The works that are produced in Breedlove Auditorium are uncompromised with resources such as creativity, ingenuity, passion, and authenticity abundant in the soul of every thespian in that department.
These pioneers of UAFS Theatre don’t want you for your money nor any ulterior motives. Their sole purpose is to present a show that was built from the ground up with no time and all passion. Most importantly, the only way to present a show is to present it to an audience, which is the most essential variable for a production. These shows are created for you to break from real life, let go for an evening, and enjoy life the way it was made to be, on stage.
(Theatre students at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will present the dramatic comedy "Crimes of the Heart" on five evenings in February. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Breedlove Auditorium on Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-21, and admission is $6 or by Season of Entertainment ticket. The show is advised for ages 13 and up due to brief language, drinking and smoking.)