Area residents can expect a variety of thrilling events from Missouri State University-West Plains’ (MSU-WP) University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department, new Theater and Events Coordinator Hannah Salvesen said.
Salvesen hit the ground running when she became coordinator earlier this summer, scheduling several new and exciting events in the weeks and months to come.
“We’re here, we’re ready, and we’re doing great things again,” she said.
Halloween-themed events planned for October
Salvesen’s plans include two events in October. The first is set for Tuesday, Oct. 12, and features Joyce Slater, an award-winning storyteller, who will be telling spooky stories. This event is intended for teens and adults. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event begins at 7.
The second is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29, and will feature a PG-rated movie starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. Salvesen promises the film will amuse and enchant children, teens and adults alike. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the film begins at 6:30.
Both events, which are free and open to all, will include an opportunity for audience members to receive treats from costumed volunteers.
November film festival will feature local productions
On Nov. 30, Salvesen plans to coordinate a short film festival featuring locally produced pieces. All community members are invited to participate. Salvesen said she wants to promote community inclusion where everyone feels welcome to share their experiences and knowledge in the format of visual media.
The films can be any genre, from comedy to drama to documentary. More information outlining submission requirements will be posted on social media through the Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community Programs Facebook page, as well as the @MSU_WestPlains_Events Instagram account.
Looking toward the future
Salvesen’s plans include bigger and better events in the future. Among them is a local storytelling folklore festival, musical performances by groups from Ireland and Cuba that will celebrate those cultures, and visits by Missouri State University’s own performing ensembles.
Area residents also can expect to see world-class touring exhibits from the Smithsonian and possibly a TEDx event in the future, she added.
Salveson’s passion for the arts
Salvesen, who earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts from Brigham Young University in Utah, says she has a passion for theatre, film and the arts.
She’s used that passion to plan film festivals, jumpstart marketing efforts for several successful start-up companies, create short films and commercials, plan international events for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and work as the hair and makeup artist on “Secondhand Hearts,” an independent film bought by Hallmark.
Her extensive travel across the globe, including residential stops in Hawaii, Israel, England and Florida, revealed a universal theme among those she met – a desire for community, safety and love.
“Through the arts, we can connect with one another,” Salvesen said. “We are vulnerable and strong when we come together and share an event.”
Salvesen said she understands the importance of theatre and events. “Community involvement is good for mental and physical health. We need each other, we need the arts, and our events will promote unity and community by introducing to new and exciting experiences while honoring our traditions.
“In the end, we think you’ll be very proud of and enthusiastic for what we have planned, ” she added.
To reach Salvesen, call 417-255-7967 or email HannahSalvesen@MissouriState.edu.