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Play to give tribute to 9/11 victims

The inaugural Center Stage theater production at Three Rivers College will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

The college will present "...And I Stood Still," an original play written by director Tim Thompson, at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center on September 11 at 2 p.m. Admission is free to the community, in memory of those who lost their lives. Because seating is limited to 500 people, tickets will be required to enter and will be available at the door at no charge.

"Sept. 11, 2001, is a day that most Americans of a certain age will always remember," said Thompson. "Watching the (news) footage, I felt a need to write about the images I saw and what I imagined people across America were thinking and feeling."

Thompson said he had the bulk of his play written in less than a week. A drama teacher at St. Vincent High School in Perryville, Mo., at the time, Thompson had his students perform a reading, which received overwhelmingly positive response.

"I've done the show a few times since, and even competed with it, but deep down it was a personal piece. At the heart of this show is my passion for America and my deep respect for those who lost their lives, those who risked themselves and continue to do so, and the spirit of our country to persevere."

Thompson proposed the production of "...And I Stood Still" shortly after he accepted the position of Tinnin Center director this past spring.

"From an academic standpoint, adding the theater component allows Three Rivers to offer a full complement of fine arts education to our students," said Vice President for Learning Dr. Wesley Payne. "This creates a synergy that would not have been possible otherwise. The theater group model that Tim is developing with Center Stage will be able to draw on the wealth of talent that is in Poplar Bluff, and will provide opportunities for anyone and everyone to be involved."

"...And I Stood Still" features both Three Rivers students and community members performing a variety of roles, based on real people who experienced the terror attacks firsthand.

"I hope folks in Poplar Bluff will come see it and join with me in honoring the memory of these past ten years," said Thompson.

Doors to the theater will open 30 minutes before the start of the show. For more information on "...And I Stood Still" or Center Stage, contact Thompson at 573-840-9648 or email tthompson@trcc.edu.

Cast members rehearse ...And I Stood Still, to be performed at Three Rivers College on September 11. From left, Clayton Tillman, a Three Rivers student; Steve Lewis, Division Chair for Humanities and Social Sciences; and Poplar Bluff minister Greg Kirk.
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