A dramatic return for a Centre alumna
RELEASED: Dec. 1, 2005
DANVILLE, KYThe Centre College Dramatic Arts Program will present two one-act plays by Centre alumna Paula Hill '64 on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in Grant Hall. Admission is free to this public event.
The plays, titled On the Road and Hitching to Alaska, are multifaceted character studies. On the Road focuses on a group of women, who, while traveling in Italy, take time out to fantasize about their wildest wishes. Hitching to Alaska examines the lives and lifestyles of two teenage boys as they mature to adulthood. The audience will delight in the startling surprise ending.
The performance is the final project for an introductory acting class at Centre taught by Vessela Warner, visiting professor of dramatic arts. Warner invited Hill to meet with the students early in the term to discuss the craft of playwriting and Hill's rich and varied experiences in theater.
Hill enjoyed this fruitful encounter with the students as well. She comments, "I thoroughly enjoying team-teaching with Vessela Warner and her acting class. Plays are not meant to be read, they're meant to be spoken. This entire process gives me new ideas and points out where I can improve my scripts." Hill and Warner will be directing the performances.
Hill's return to campus particularly poignant. Her father, West T. Hill, was the founder of the dramatic arts program at Centre, and he designed Weisiger Theatre in the Norton Center for the Arts.
Hill reflects, "It's doubly wonderful to be back at Centre, teaching in the same building where my father taught. West Hill was my mentor, and I feel his creative spirit emanating from the walls of the Norton Center."Hill currently conducts business-writing programs for corporations. She has taught drama at Kentucky's Governor’s Scholars Program and has led three theater tour groups to London and Tuscany. Hill writes a business-writing column for the Danville Advocate-Messenger.
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