On Stage and Court WSU Receiving National Attention from Coast to Coast

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University is redefining the term “March Madness” on the stage and the court, as the school is gearing up to receive national attention on both coasts Thursday evening.

WSU’s Department of Performing Arts is staging its production of “Macbeth” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Thursday at 6 p.m. EDT. WSU was one of only three schools invited to present a play by William Shakespeare at the Kennedy Center.

Just about the time the curtain falls on “Macbeth,” the WSU men’s basketball team will take center stage as they square off against UCLA at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That contest will be televised on CBS as part of the network’s annual “March Madness” coverage.

“From the arts to athletics, Weber State is receiving national attention from coast to coast,”
The witches in WSU's production of "Macbeth" will take the stage at the Kennedy Center Thursday evening.
said WSU President Ann Millner. “These are wonderful opportunities to showcase our students’ achievements in front of new and larger audiences.” 

Associate professor of performing arts Tracy Callahan was one of only three university directors in the nation invited to bring a Shakespeare production to the Kennedy Center stage. The performance will be filmed by the Kennedy Center so it can be shared with schools across the country. Local audiences had a chance to experience the award-winning production last fall and again in February. It played to a sold-out theater many nights during its run. This marks the third time in recent years a WSU production or faculty work has received an invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center.

WSU men's basketball coach Randy Rahe reacts to action on the court.
The men’s basketball team completed its story-book worst-to-first season by winning the Big Sky Tournament Championship versus Northern Arizona University last week. The Wildcats, under the leadership of rookie head coach Randy Rahe, finished the year 20-11 and earned a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This marks the 14th time the Wildcats have reached the tournament.

For four hours Thursday night, WSU and the nation will experience the Wildcat version of “March Madness.”

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Contact:
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Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu