'Charm' Selected for ACTF

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University Department of Performing Arts’ fall production of “Charm” was selected for the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) Region VIII competition, on Feb. 15 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The play, written by Kathleen Cahill and directed by Tracy Callahan, will also return to WSU for two fundraising performances, Jan. 18-19, at 7:30 pm in the Eccles Theatre. 

All tickets to the WSU performances are $15, general admission; no comp tickets will be honored for these two performances. Tickets are available in advance at Dee Events Center Tickets, the Browning Center Box Office, 1-801-626-7000, weberstatetickets.com or at the Browning Center Box Office beginning one hour before the performance.  Tickets should be purchased in advance, due to limited seating and most performances sold out during its fall semester run. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

 In an idealistic and “abstract” way, the play tells the story of Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), a writer at the center of the American Transcendentalist movement and the avant-garde of feminism. Ralph Waldo Emerson selected her to edit “The Dial,” the leading publication of the Transcendentalists that also included Henry Thoreau, Nathanial Hawthorn and Orestes Bronson. All of these men and others are characters in “Charm.” Horace Greeley and the New York Tribune hired her as the first full-time book reviewer in journalism and the publication’s first female editor. Fuller’s life as a critic and journalist took her to Italy where she was a witness to the 1848 revolutions in the Italian states. In 2010 the bicentennial of Fuller’s birth and a website devoted to her (margaretfuller.org) is still available on line.

The 45th Annual KCACTF Region VIII Festival Feb. 14-16, 2013, is returning to the Los Angeles Theatre Center and is shorter than past festivals. Most of the costs accumulated during the festival are in lodging and meals, shortening the event by one-day saves everyone money. 

The biggest change will be the scheduling of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. Preliminary rounds are on Thursday, semifinal rounds will be held on Friday, and Saturday’s schedule will be consistent with past festivals. In addition to sending “Charm” to festival, several members of the cast, as well as other department students will be attending the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions.

For more information contact director Tracy Callahan, tcallahan@weber.edu or 801-626-7886. For more information about the playwright contact Kathleen Cahill, kathleencahill10@comcast.net. For more information about KCACTF Region VIII contact John H. Binkley, 818-677-6497 or john.h.binkley@csun.edu. Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.


Tracy Callahan, director “Charm”
801-626-7886 · tcallahan@weber.edu 

Kathleen Cahill, playwright “Charm"

John Binkley, KCACTF Region VIII
818-677-6497 · john.h.binkley@csun.edu


Caril Jennings, Performing Arts
801-626-6431 · crjennings@weber.edu