PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) has developed a new show aimed at high school, college and adult audiences, ages 16 and over, about college, choices and change, and coping with the accompanying stress.
"Transitions" is an educational production based on the writings of Plymouth State University students about sensitive issues that cause students stress.
Performances and discussions will be held on the PSU campus April 10-12 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. in Hyde Hall, Room 120, Merrill and Langdon streets. Admission to the shows is free.
Actors Will Bolton, Sarah Flower, Alex Hunton and Rachel Perelli have worked with PSU Professor Trish Lindberg, artistic director; Will Ogmundson of Sutton, musical director and composer; and PSU adjunct faculty Lisa Travis as choreographer, to create a fast-paced musical to illustrate ways in which college-age students can cope with the stresses of college life and make positive choices for themselves and others.
The creators have worked with the National Alliance on Suicide Prevention/Intervention New Hampshire Chapter (NAMI NH) "to infuse safe messaging throughout the production while integrating helpful and constructive content for young adults who are struggling to find their place in this world," according to Lindberg.
NAMI NH is a statewide, grassroots non-profit organization comprising a network of affiliate chapters and support groups, staff and volunteers that provide information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness.
TIGER recruited four young actors to be a part of this collaboration. Bolton is a senior at Plymouth Regional High School and a current member of the TIGER high school cast which tours throughout the school year performing a program for middle school audiences. Flower is a first year PSU communication studies major from Keene. Hunton is a first year music education major from Loudon and Perelli is a junior elementary education major from Penacook.
Delilah Smith, director of PSU's Sexuality, Anti-Violence, Gender and Equality (S.A.G.E.) Center announced that the production is funded under a three-year Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
For information contact the PSU TIGER office at (603) 535-2647. General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.