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Theatre opens season with Terra Nova

Morehead State University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance began the theatrical season with the production of “Terra Nova” Thursday, Sept. 27.

Written by Ted Tally, “Terra Nova” draws from the journals found on the frozen body of Captain Robert Falcon Scott. The story is told through Captain Scott’s life and the lives of the men that joined him during their fatal journey to the South Pole. 

“It’s a glimpse into what the men went through during that horrific time when they were starving and got caught by a blizzard,” said Octavia Biggs-Fleck, director of “Terra Nova” and The Little Company theatre group. “It’s about heroism and sacrifice and bravery.”

Biggs-Fleck said when picking a production, she wants it to be educational and interesting for students as well as challenging for herself.

“I want them to be able to find something that they can identify with it. I want it to be something that’s going to be exciting for me and a challenge for me.”

She said the importance of a production like this is sharing the importance of the arts and keeping them alive and to benefit the students who want to learn about theatre. 

“Arts are being cut all over the place and it’s by far one of the most, if not the most important aspect to educating our society,” She added. “This is a university, we have students here who are wanting to learn a trade and a craft and to be creative. One of my most exciting times of the day is when I see all the students are working, collaborating, creating, problem solving and designing.”

With this particular production Biggs-Fleck wants the audience to know the story of what the men of “Terra Nova” accomplished. 

“It is so powerful, this camaraderie that they have with these other human beings on this journey.”
The production will continue from on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Lucille Caudill Little Theatre in Breckinridge Hall. Tickets are $11, $6 for seniors and non-MSU students and free with ID to MSU students.

For more information on tickets contact the MSU box office at 606-783-2170.

For more information on MSU theatrical productions and the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/mtd.

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