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Source: Kathrine Schlageck, 785-532-7718, klwalk@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Caitlin Muret, 785-532-6415, cmuret@k-state.edu

Thursday, April 16, 2009

K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM OF ART TO HIGHLIGHT THE DRAMA PROVIDED BY HISTORY WITH WORKSHOP, THEATRICAL PRODUCTION APRIL 30

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will host a drama in history workshop and a theatrical production about the role of women in war Thursday, April 30. The events are in conjunction with the museum's exhibition "The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute," on display through May 31.

Actress and historian Pippa White, of One's Company!, will lead the day's events.

White will teach the "Mining the Gold in History Books" workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is for adults who are thinking about writing and who are interested in first-person narratives. White said she will guide participants in learning how to sift through the dry, boring facts in history to find the fascinating human-interest stories that are riveting, abundant and just waiting to be found and shared. The workshop is free but reservations are requested by calling 785-532-7718.

White will give a theatrical performance, "Women and War," at 7 p.m. The performance was created specifically for the Beach Museum of Art and focuses on the role women have played in American wars. Characters to be played by White include Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton and Louisa May Alcott. The performance is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

"The majority of the characters are ordinary people: war nurses, resistance fighters, spies, ambulance drivers, women pilots and, of course, several Rosie the Riveters," White said.

White also will lead a workshop with gifted students from military families in the Manhattan-Ogden School District.

Her activities are funded in part by a grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

For more information, call the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Admission is free, and complimentary visitor parking is available next to the facility. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays.