ATU Theatre Takes Innovative Approach to Spring Play

Techionery Behind the Curtain
While awaiting the post-pandemic day when they will walk from behind the curtain at the Techionery and be greeted by a live audience, students and faculty in the Arkansas Tech University theatre program are finding new ways to practice their craft.

“Mil Lenguas/A Thousand Tongues (MLTT),” a devised play adapted for film by Arkansas Tech University theatre students and faculty, is available for viewing online.

Members of the ATU community and beyond are invited to visit to view the film, which centers around the theme of language and its influence in the world.

“The students started with a theme rather than a script and then generated material based around the theme,” said Dr. David J. Eshelman, professor of communication and director of the ATU theatre program. “This way of working enables students to show leadership and creativity, as they create work from the ground up.”

More than 30 participants divided into the following committees to bring the project to fruition: unity (leaders Jack Button of Springdale and Bri DeClue of Dardanelle), English language plays (leader Anthony Woods of Fort Smith), Spanish language plays (leader Abraham Zarate of Russellville), song and dance (leader Caleb Foshe of Fayetteville) and design (leader Faith Spencer of Clarksville).

Florian Kinslow-Fleming of Fort Smith served as stage manager. Alex Adkins of Russellville, Addie Beckham of Hartford, Natasha Golden of Russellville and Blake Needler of White Hall performed public relations duties in support of the project.

Eshelman, who advised the unity committee, enlisted ATU faculty colleagues Dr. Nelson Ramirez (Spanish language plays), Frances Roberson (design committee) and Megan Toland (public relations committee) to provide additional mentorship to the students.

“To be part of Mil Lenguas/A Thousand Tongues has been an enriching and thrilling experience,” said Ramirez. “It gave me the opportunity to learn from some of my colleagues’ expertise in other disciplines and share my own with a diverse group of students.”

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