HAMMOND - The Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre Program is turning over the reins to students for its next scheduled performance, "An Evening of One Acts."
The members of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society, will bring a compilation of one act plays directed, acted and designed by its student members to run at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre from Nov. 19 through Nov. 22.
The works in the production include "Who Am I This Time?" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Turn of the Screw," based on the Henry James novella and adapted for the stage by Jeffery Hatcher.
General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with ID.
Directed by student Veronica Gutierrez of New Orleans, "Who Am I This Time? follows the socially awkward lead character Henry Nash, who has the ability to make characters from any script he is given come to life: literally. The audience can expect a sit-com feel with a classic boy meets girl tale with a twist.
The cast for "Who Am I This Time?" includes James Lejeune of Springfield playing the lead character Henry Nash and Caleb Theriot, also from Springfield, as Newt. Kayla Wilson of Watson plays Helene Shaw. Also in the cast are Janna Baza of Abita Springs as Miss Sawyer, Raven Price as Mary and Avonte Skinner as Sam, both of Baton Rouge; Seth Walker as George and Jessica Baronich as Catherine, both of Denham Springs; and Kennedy Lejeune of Lafayette as Nancy.
"The Turn of the Screw" is being directed by Chelsea Krause of New Orleans. In the thrilling ghost story, a young governess takes a job at a house and finds there is much more to its history than meets the eye. Krause said audiences can expect the unexpected in the production.
Cast members for "The Turn of the Screw" include Miranda Miller of Walker as The Woman and M.J. Ricks of Lacombe as The Man.
Sets for both productions were designed by Rebecca Ackerman of River Ridge, while costuming was handled by Rebecca Fife of Pearl River.
The students expressed their excitement about opening night.
"I have been living and breathing this show for months, and it's almost at an end," said Gutierrez. "It is a bit sad knowing the show is almost over, but I can't wait to share all the work the actors, production team, and I have put together."
Krause shared her mixed feelings saying, "I'm excited for my actors, terrified for myself.
The moment the play starts I've lost all control and yet everything that's done is all on me. It's quite nerve wracking but thrilling."
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 985-549-2184.