TRiO Upward Bound to light up the stage

For immediate release: July 13, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Lights , camera, action and free admission highlight a performance by the Bloomsburg University TRiO Upward Bound students Friday, July 15, at 3:15 p.m. in Kehr Union, multipurpose A.

Open to the public, students will perform excerpts from a play taught by The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) from New York City.

According to Tia Dreckman, assistant director of TRiO Upward Bound, rehearsing for nearly three days encourages students' creativity and helps them interact with each other through acting warm-ups, improvisation, theater games and movement.

The activities also aim to develop good communication skills, build self-awareness and help students become comfortable with speaking in public.

Created in 1992, TACT is an ensemble of professional actors from film, theater and television. Coordinated by Scott Alan Evans, artistic executive director and founding member, the troupe comes together to build confidence and inspire creative expression through theater.

This year, the students will perform a selection from "The Triangle Factory Fire Project," a play about a historic factory fire in downtown Manhattan written by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Evans.

Evans hopes the students are able to express themselves while learning a little bit of history through the 30-minute performance. The play was first presented by TACT off-Broadway in 2004.

TACT, sponsored by the Degenstein Foundation, is beginning its 10th year working with the TRiO Upward Bound students. Evans believes that the TACT program strengthens the group's dynamics and makes a difference in the students' social interactions.

"The students are open-minded, motivated and easy to work with," said Evans.

TRiO Upward Bound is a year-round commitment including a six-week summer academy preparing local high school students for college. The students stay in a residence hall on BU's campus and participate in classes to prepare them for the 2011-12 academic year.

The program sponsors trips to introduce the students to colleges and professions. Participating high schools are: Berwick, Bloomsburg Area, Mahanoy Area, Milton, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin and Shikellamy.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.