November 13, 2015 – A Fort Valley State acting troupe is kicking off its 2015 fall season with a play that examines the lines of friendship, love and family life through the eyes of a close-knit group of Southern women. The Joseph Adkins Players will host a production of Steel Magnolias from Nov. 16- 18 in the Founders Hall Auditorium. The production will also celebrate the launch of the university’s new minor program on campus. Classes for the program begin Spring 2015.
Dr. Maisha Akbar, an FVSU associate professor of fine arts, says that more than 15 new students have been inducted into the acting troupe.
“We have more than 15 new students.” Akbar said, “Many of our principal actors are freshmen, and many of the cast is new to the Joseph Adkins Players, and their first year in our drama group.”
The acting group also inducted a class of new officers was also elected.
“The JAP has just inducted new members for the fall, and we have a production scheduled for Nov.16 – 18,” Akbar said. “Steel Magnolias is a play that has been made into two film versions about the lives of Southern women, and how they deal with life.”
Classes for the 18 hour theater minor will begin in spring. She says that the Joseph Adkins Players will be working with FVSU criminal justice professor Michael Qualls, on a collaborative project. He will guest direct a production of 39 steps, a show that is done by many high schools, but with a limited cast. There are more than 100 characters in the play. Qualls has directed for the Perry Community Theater in the past.
The play is free for FVSU students with an ID. For non-FVSU students, the price is $5. For more information about the play, call (478) 825-6989 or email email@example.com.
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Cast and Crew of Steel Magnolias
Anna Fuller – Director
Josean Pittman – Assistant Director
Dana Jefferson – Annelle Desoto
Natayana Robertson – Clairee Belcher
Nia Holland-Shelby Eatenton
Yania Myers – M’Lynn Eatenton
Monique Calhoun – Ousier Boudreaux
Gabrielle Bullock – Truvy Jones
Iannah James-Smith – Crew
Renee Bynum -Crew (Costume)
Tiara Harry -Crew (Hair and Makeup)
Dyqavious Brunson – Crew
Caleb Graham – Crew
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