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Old Michie Theatre to Present Stephenson’s Treasure Island

For immediate release:
January 21, 2005

Contact:
 Dean Browell ,  (540) 365-4301, dbrowell@ferrum.edu

     The Children's Theatre Company housed in The Old Michie Theatre in downtown Charlottesville, VA will present a newly revised version of Ferrum College Professor Rex Stephenson's adaptation of Treasure Island. The play is directed by Francis Furlong and will open January 21st and run until February 13th with performances at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm.
     
      Treasure Island is one of Stephenson's most produced plays, with performances not only across the U.S. but also in New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

      Last summer Rex Stephenson was honored by Ferrum College for his leadership and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre. At the opening of the 25th season, the critical importance of the Dinner Theatre was recognized by President Braaten who presented a Book Award in his name with the college’s gratitude. The Franklin County Board of Supervisors, Senator John Warner and Governor Mark Warner also recognized Rex Stephenson’s dedication at that time of the 25th Anniversary.

      Stephenson has written over 20 published plays and was the 1993 winner of The American Alliance for Theatre and Education for "Too Free for Me" and the IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwrighting Competition award for "Excellence in Playwrighting" for "Jack's Adventures with the King's Girl," in 1996. Stephenson received the Appalachian College Association's "Faculty Research Fellowship" to research and write, "The World is My Parish." Rex Stephenson originated the Jack Tale Players at Ferrum College in 1975 with a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts to present the traditional Jack Tales in dramatic form for children. Since then, people have enjoyed about 2,500 performances in thirty states and in England.

      For more information on Treasure Island contact author Rex Stephenson, at (540) 365-4335 or by email at rstephenson@ferrum.edu.

     Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor’s degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. For more information on Ferrum, visit www.ferrum.edu.

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