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Theatre Young Harris Presents “Emotional Baggage” as Part of Studio Series

Friday, February 10, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author: Ali Neese
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Theatre Young Harris Presents “Emotional Baggage” as Part of Studio Series

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will present two performances of Lindsay Price’s innovative play “Emotional Baggage.” Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Dobbs Theatre located inside Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The performances are free and open to the public.

Six strangers meet in a train station. All are carrying baggage that weighs them down physically and emotionally. They must confront themselves and one another. Who stays attached to their baggage and who can release themselves from the weight?

“The show doesn’t have any dialogue and is based solely on gesture, movement and emotion, which makes it very interesting and provides a wonderful and unique opportunity for me and the actors,” said the play’s director, YHC senior theatre major Rebecca Armstrong of Covington, Ga. “I have a wonderful cast of dedicated performers along with the support of the theatre department, and together we are all making anamazing production that I’m very excited about.”

The performers portray various aspects of “emotional baggage,” which is also represented by the piece of luggage they carry.The production features freshman Jacob Pruitt of Cartersville, Ga., as “Dead End Job,” sophomore Dontavious Scott of Midland, Ga., as “Chip On Shoulder About Weight,” sophomore Rob Loyd of Largo, Fla., as “Getting Over Heart Attack,” freshman Stephanie Nichols of Douglasville, Ga., as “Insecure About Looks,” sophomore Monica Lewis of Dacula, Ga., as “Living In The Past,”  freshman Megan Fisette of Woodbine, Ga., as “Can’t Get Over First Love,” and junior Hayley Hoopingarner of Woodstock, Ga., as “Well Rounded.” The role of “Overbearing Mother” will be played by YHC theatre alumnus Ryan Bender, ’11, of Braselton, Ga.

“Emotional Baggage” is part of Theatre Young Harris’s Studio Series, which consists of three productions showcasing student direction. The Studio Series was created to give additional performance opportunities to the College’s 45 theatre and musical theatre majors.

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff of Young Harris College as well as the community.

Individual show tickets for the 2011-2012 Mainstage Series at Theatre Young Harris are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Young Harris College Box Office at (706) 379-4307 or visit www.yhc.edu/tickets. The Box Office, located in the lobby of Goolsby Center, will be open two weeks prior to opening night for the remaining shows in the season. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

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