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November 1, 2010/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Liz Wooley, wooleyl@uncsa.edu/336-734-2924

 

 

SPARKLING DIAMONDS “LIGHT UP THE SKY”
IN BACKSTAGE COMEDY AT UNCSA
November 11 – 20


WINSTON-SALEM – In show business, “principles and decency are luxuries that we can’t always afford”, but diamonds and rare Renoirs are always in the budget.  On Nov. 11, “Light Up the Sky” by Moss Hart will begin an uproarious two-week run at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).

First produced in 1948, “Light Up the Sky” reveals the lunacies of a production team opening a new play in Boston.  True to his tendencies in other plays, Hart loosely bases many of the main characters of “Light Up the Sky” on his show business contemporaries.  This madcap crew makes an attempt to “stick a Roman Candle into the tired face of show business”, and the resulting sparks will ignite an evening of hilarity.

“Light Up the Sky” will be produced through the collaboration of the School of Drama and the School of Design and Production and will be directed by Gerald Freedman. This production features Studio III and Studio IV (college juniors and seniors). Both the set and the costumes will boast the ritzy glamour of the 40s. The women are dripping with diamonds, the men are dapper and debonair, and the set, a Ritz-Carlton hotel room, reflects the resplendence of the era. Freedman’s directing expertise has been displayed on UNCSA’s stages since he became the Dean of the School of Drama in 1991.  He has received many honors for his work, including the North Carolina Award for Fine Arts in 2008.

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Actress Irene Livingston (Mackenzie Hancock) goes over her script with her producer Sidney Black (Adam Levinthal) in Light Up The Sky at UNCSA. Photo by G. Allen Aycock

Performances will be at the Performance Place Catawba Theatre on the UNCSA campus at 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem, at 8 p.m. Nov. 11-13 and 17-20, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and 20. Call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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The production of Light Up The Sky is a featured part of Six Days in November, which is supported by SunTrust Bank.

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