Director praises Northwestern State Theatre and Dance program

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NATCHITOCHES – A Colorado theatre director had high praise for Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance program, telling an interviewer NSU was one of his best sources for talent.

Tim Moore, producing artistic director of the Thingamajig Theatre Company at the Pagosa Springs (Colorado) Center for the Arts has used numerous theatre students, directors and choreographers in his summer productions over the past several years.

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“I’ve been thoroughly impressed with how professional the NSU students, graduates and teachers are,” Moore told the Pagosa Daily Post. “They are serious, prepared and tireless in their execution of performance art – certainly some of the most passionate, well-trained artists in today’s market.”

Over the years, 16 NSU actors, directors and choreographers have worked at Thingamajig including Ryan Hazelbaker, Taylor Marrs, Alisha Munds, Marion Bienvenu, Pia Wyatt, Tyler Price Robinson, Samantha Rohr, Asher Van Meter, Emily Ricalde, Trevor Brown, Rayshaughn Armant, Rosa Campbell, Jessi Miller, Jesse McFarland, Cassidy Giddens and Andrew Lewis.

Moore will travel to NSU early this semester to recruit for the theatre’s summer musical schedule, which will include “Sweeney Todd,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adoption of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Godspell,” and “Bright Star,” a drama featuring bluegrass music composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.

He will also have auditions at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and other spots in the New York area and at the Unified Performing Theatre Auditions in Memphis.

Nearly three dozen Thingamajig alumni are working professionally in New York.

The Thingamajig Company performs throughout the year, drawing performers from throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information on the Thingamajig Theatre, go to thingamajigtheatre.org.

For more information on NSU Theatre and Dance including the Spring 2020 schedule, go to capa.nsula.edu/theatre.