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Perseverance Partnership Provides Unique Opportunity

Half dozen UAS Students had pivotal role in "Much Ado About Nothing".

Johanna EvansPerseverance Theatre’s collaboration with the University of Alaska Southeast yielded impressive results on the Douglas main stage with Shakepeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. A half dozen UAS students had pivotal roles in the rollicking production that ran February 20-March 16. Senior Johanna Evans starred as Hero. “It is unusual for undergraduates to be able to work with regional theatres on main stage productions in key roles,” said new managing director Art Rotch. “That is almost unheard of,” he noted. Theatre courses at UAS provide a unique opportunity for students to work with a professional theatre company. Rotch’s background is in set design. He returns to Juneau after earning a Master's in Fine Arts in stagecraft at New York University. Rotch and his set designer spouse look forward to offering set design courses to UAS students in addition to courses such as Acting and Playwriting. UAS partners with Perseverance Theatre to offer a minor degree in Theatre.

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