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Stage Stars Rap with Students About What 'Things' to Do...

Cast members spoke to HU students on September 29th in Armstrong Little Theatre about the experience of creating the stage play "Things Your Man Won't Do." Pictured from Left: Leon Robinson, playwright Je' Carious Johnson, Terri J. Vaughn, and Allen Payne.

Fall 2015 in the Armstrong/Slater Gallery

The Opening Reception for the Armstrong/Slater Gallery's Fall Exhibition on November 8 as attended by a crowd of over 200 guests. "Textual Encounters," a exhibition featuring two- and three-dimensional creations by both international and faculty artists, will remain on display through December 10, 205. Works on display included those of Japanese artist Akiko Tanaka, Professor Greg Henry of Christopher Newport University, and Professors Kwabena Appofo-Anti, Richard Ward, and Jacqueline F. Bontemps of Hampton University's Department of Fine and Performatin Arts.

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L to R: Kristyn Beecher, Christeanna Lalla, Khanner Hancock, Kayla Garrett.
Calan Bryant  (L) with Kedryck James as the voice of Audrey II.

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Hampton University Players and Company present Little Shop of Horrors

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant plant who demands to be fed. In musical style of the early 60's rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, composer and playwrights Alan Menken and Howard Ashman have made audiences literally scream with laughter for decades. The Hampton Players & Company literally had audience members dacnicing and singing in the aisles the weekend of October 16 as they performed "Little Shop of Horrors."

"Little Shop" was presented in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall on campus Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 16-17 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.

The director of the production was Department of Fine and Performing Arts Chair Dr. Karen Turner Ward. The cast featured Duane Richards II, Susie Chavez, Steven Hall, Eric Perry, Kedryck James, Khanner Hancock, Kristyn Beecher, Ludwidg Louizaire, Kayla Garrett, Christeanna Lalla, Whitley Pannell, Christian Caudle, Robin Boisseau, Marrisa McCoy, Meciah Powell, Quianita Miller, Briana Nealey, Chyanne Parkinson, and Victoria Rowland. Dr. C. Perry Otto served as the scenic and light designer.

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Designer Lays Out Success for FAPA Artists

Mr. Marvin Manigault, Jr. Graphic Designer and Publications Coordinator of Hampton University, spoke to students and guests Friday, Sept. 18. His presentation inaugurated this year's FAPA FRIDAY series, an ongoing program of lectures and conversations between professionally recognized studio artists & designers and Hampton University students. Manigault shared anecdotes from his time at the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as the cross-cultural perspectives he gained while working as an Art Director in Japan prior to coming to HU. Students were especially interested in Manigault's entrepreneurial efforts revolving around his successful line of skate culture grafix tees and board designs. "The important thing to remember," Manigault said, "is to combine your personal passions with sweat, perseverance, and professional and excellence." That sentiment and Manigault's impressive creative corpus prompted standing applause. The event was sponsored by the Department of Fine & Performing Arts in the School of Liberal Arts.

Fine and Performing Arts Looks Back on Successful Youth Empowerment Camp

Hampton University's Fine and Performing Arts Department hosted its three day Youth Empowerment Camp on its campus in June. Forty students, ages 12-18, participated in the program, hosted in conjunction with a generous grant from Dominion Power.

The program featured workshops on leadership, teambuilding, as well as dance, visual arts, music and sports.

HU Chair of Fine and Performing Arts, Dr. Karen Ward, one the program's co-directors, said the camp offered students a wealth of information that will help them throughout their lives. "We, along with our sponsor, Dominion Foundation, hope that the participants will utilize all that they learned from the camp when they return to their schools and communities, so they can become stronger and more able leaders," she said. "We packed a great deal in a very short period of time, with the hope that each day would be an opportunity for them to engage in enjoyable and valuable experiences to help them grow to become better leaders."

14th Biennial National Black Theatre Festival

Students and alumni accompanied Dr. Karen T Ward, Chair, to the 14th Biennial National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Other FAPA faculty working at the festival included Dr. Curtis Otto, Technical Director and Scenic Designer; Ms. Kamora Avent, Acting Professor; Ms. Virgelia Banks, adjunct professor (and alum) also worked at the festival. Ms. Pamela Bond, Costume Designer, had three productions featured at the festival this year. Grad Torenzo Blair (2013) also participated and was featured on a local TV news segment.

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