East Tennessee Repertory Theatre stages Robin Goodfellow

A collection of actors and theatre professionals from the East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College theatre programs have come together to create the Tri-Cities’ only Professional Equity Theatre company.

The newly formed East Tennessee Repertory Theatre will present its first production, Robin Goodfellow, at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts of Northeast State Community College Aug. 10-13. Each performance begins at 10 a.m. and is a wonderful summer time treat for the whole family.

Written by Aurand Harris, the play follows Robin Goodfellow – famously known as Puck in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – on a fun-filled and enchanting fantasy that blends slapstick, suspense, music, and magic. Mischievous Robin sets out to find his fortune and encounters Oberon, King of the Wee People. Oberon auditions Robin for the position of his royal jester.

In the woods, Robin hoodwinks two rustics, Bottom the Weaver and Quince the Carpenter. Through magical means, he tricks Queen Titania into falling in love with Bottom, who sports a donkey's head. But the comic confusion and the merry madness of a Midsummer Night end happily. The play is a fantastically fun and refreshing way to introduce children and teens to the wonderful world of Shakespeare.

Robin Goodfellow features student actors interning with East Tennessee Repertory Theatre. The play is being directed by Elizabeth M. Sloan, instructor of theatre at Northeast State.

The East Tennessee Repertory Theatre combines actors, directors, and theatre professionals to produce plays at venues around the region. The East Tennessee Repertory Theatre will perform on both campuses this summer and under the direction of Bobby Funk.

Admission will be $5 general admissions and $2 for students. One adult gets in free for every 10 students. To make reservations, please contact the ETSU Division of Theatre and Dance at 423.439.7576 or send e-mail to theatre@estsu.edu.


Country artist Trey Hensley plays Northeast State July 22

Beginning seven years ago as an 11-year-old singing traditional bluegrass, singer/songwriter Trey Hensley is making his mark as a new breed of mature-beyond-their-years artists who has recorded with some of the biggest names in country music.

Hensley takes the stage of the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts of Northeast State Community College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 22.

His latest album release and first country project, titled “Looking At My Future,” finds him with guitars firmly in hand and surrounded by some of the finest studio musicians in Nashville. It features five songs written or co-written by him, including the island-inspired “I Wish I Was There,” the Brad Paisley influenced “Bare Wires,” the tearjerker ballad “I’d Do It For You,” “Some Things You Need to Know,” as well as the title cut.

His own style of picking – whether on his Telecaster or acoustic guitar – bears the influence of some of his guitar heroes from country legends Marty Stuart, Buck Owens and Ricky Skaggs to bluegrass royalty Doc Watson and Tony Rice. Hensley has befriended Kings, Queens and Earls: Johnny, June and Scruggs. He’s picked with Tom T. Hall, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Wariner, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs and many others.

He first stepped into the Grand Ole Opry’s spotlight in 2002, performing on the hallowed Ryman Auditorium stage; even before that he appeared onstage at the Carter Fold, the birthplace of country music. Hensley’s performance is the first of two summer concerts at Northeast State this month.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or e-mail jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.


Northeast State receives SACS reaffirmation of accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS), has awarded Northeast State reaffirmation of accreditation following a comprehensive review of the College’s programs and services.

The College met all 83 core requirements and comprehensive and federal standards. The SACS Board of Trustees officially reaffirmed the College’s reaccreditation status at its board meeting on June 24.

The reaffirmation process requires a rigorous internal and external review during which the College is evaluated against these common set of standards. SACS accreditation is intended to assure internal and external constituents of the quality and integrity of the College.

“This is a testament to the tremendous work of all the Northeast State faculty and staff who were involved in the reaffirmation of accreditation process,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State president. “I want to thank all faculty and staff for an outstanding job and Dr. Susan Graybeal for her leadership of the SACS process. Our students deserve a responsive college determined to give the best we have to put them on the road to success.”

Having received this accreditation means that SACS has affirmed that Northeast State Community College has a mission appropriate to higher education, resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission; clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

In addition to reviewing the institution’s programs and services, SACS requires each institution seeking reaffirmation of accreditation to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP must addresses a topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. Northeast State’s QEP is designed to increasing student learning through the implementation of student-centered instructional best practices.

“We are proud and delighted by the reaffirmation from SACS,” said Dr. Gilliam. “Northeast State expects great things from our students and also sets high expectations for our faculty and staff to give students the best college experience in our region.”