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King University News :: King University Players to Perform "Silent Movie Night" Nov. 19

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2014 – The King University Players (KUP), the student-led club of King’s Theatre department, will present “Silent Movie Night” on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in King’s Fine Arts Building on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

While the play is written and directed by King senior and KUP President Trung Phan, the production is a true collaboration of all KUP participants. “The play was originally called “Silent Movie in the Park,” but as the semester progressed, and temperatures grew colder, the play was moved indoors to the Fine Arts Building.”

The family-friendly play is based on the 1920’s-30’s time period when people would experience a silent movie picture show with a live pianist playing accompaniment and one narrator, the only one in the production who will speak. “We wanted to set the show up a little bit like that – comedy, slapstick, a little bit of romance, and entertainment,” said Phan.

KUP has invited local high school students to the production. “Last year we did some touring to local high schools. We hope this well further high school students’ interest in theatre at King.”

In addition to writing this play, Trung Phan will serve as the lead director. “The entire KUP team provided direction for the play. Everyone had a hand in creating this play,” said Phan. Collaboration between everyone is essential to a good play.”

Phan added, “We’d like to thank King’s Student Government Association for the additional monies budgeted to KUP, which allows us to offer the production free of charge to all attending. Thanks also go to Professors Elizabeth Dollar and Christopher Slaughter for use of King’s Fine Arts Theatre for both performances.”

KUP members participating in the production include Trung Phan, senior Natasha Trombly, sophomore James Laxton, junior Kailan McKinney, senior Tyler Kistner, and sophomore Jessica King. Junior Zach Ostrander is overseeing props; sophomore Katelyn Morrell is assisting with props, sophomore Brooke Addington is in charge of lights; junior Richard Curtis is creating scenery; junior Taylor Lee is working the sound; A.J. Bohnet is house manager, and sophomore Mickeala Fergason will serve as the narrator.

The King University Players is open to any student interested in performing. Phan commented, “We currently have participants who are not part of the Theatre department. We hope to see others outside theatre join. All are always invited.”

“The next project for KUP will be next semester, spring 2015, and will be “Shakespeare in the Park,” added Phan. “We are working on a possible collaboration with another local university for this project.”

Admission to the King University Players production of “Silent Movie Night” is free. Performances will take place in the Fine Arts Building on King University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. For additional information, email Trung Phan at


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