Gordon in the News: last updated 01/19/2007

Gordon Production "Growing Up Christian" to Perform In American College Theater Festival

January 8, 2006

Ashley Hopkins
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-The Gordon College theater production Growing Up Christian, an original ensemble-created work about growing up Christian in late 20th and early 21st century America, is one of six productions recently selected to perform and compete in the 2006 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival - Region I. Before announcing their final selections, festival judges considered over 100 college theatrical productions from the New England area - Region I (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine).

"We're honored and proud to be accepted into this festival, particularly with this fresh and original show," says Director, Jeff Miller. "We took a risk and moved away from the traditional plot structure typically seen on our stages and created something collaborative. This approach empowered our actors to share their personal stories on stage about growing up in a Christian home and the authenticity of those stories and the subjects addressed within them truly resonated with the audiences."

The six Region I productions will be performed at Fitchburg State College (2007 Festival Host College) and judged based on best theatrical performance. The selected production from that competition will move on to participate in the National Festival which will be held in April, 2007 in Washington, DC.

WHAT: Gordon College Theater Production Growing Up Christian to perform in American College Theater Festival - Region I.

WHERE: Fitchburg State College, McKay Theater, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg, MA.

WHEN: The Region I American College Theater Festival runs January 30 to February 4, 2007. Gordon production will run Friday, February 2 at 3:30 p.m.

More Information On Growing Up Christian
Drawn from the personal experiences of individual cast members, Growing Up Christian confronts gritty topics through truthful reflections on sexuality, death, religion, friendship, and societal pressures-with humor, creativity and thoughtful expression. The production examines the Christian family home and addresses the uniqueness of that environment, and how growing up a Christian becomes a differentiating factor among peers. It also considers how religion impacts global perspectives.

For information on Growing Up Christian or the festival, please contact Ashley Hopkins at 978.867.4569 or e-mail .

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Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 36 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.