Open auditions for Oedipus Rex and The Littlest Angel Sept. 7 & 8

Northeast State Theatre announces open auditions on Sept. 7 and 8 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. for Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex and a wonderful adaptation of The Littlest Angel (rights pending) that is perfect for the whole family.

Auditions will be held at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on Northeast State’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Directors plan to make call backs on Sept. 9.

A standard in most English and Theatre classes, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is one of the first family tragedies with unspeakable drama. Set in classical Greece with the actors using masks, this highly stylized production brings the story to life in a visually striking style.

The Littlest Angel, a one-act play by Catherine Gray adapted from the book by Charles Tazewell, is a heartwarming story perfect for the whole family.  Watch the littlest angel in heaven struggle to fit in as the angel figures out the perfect gift for the Son of God’s birth.

Performers are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue. If you are interested in Oedipus Rex, a monologue from a classic Greek play is encouraged.  Performers may be asked to do cold readings at the auditions.

Oedipus Rex requires both male and female roles ages 18+ and also requires two young girls ages 12 or under. The Littlest Angel requires both male and female roles ages 16 and up and one boy or girl between the ages of 8 and 12.   Theatre majors and non-Northeast State students and community members are encouraged to audition.

Play performance dates are Oct. 14 – 16 for Oedipus Rex and Dec. 8 – 11 for The Littlest Angel.   For more information, contact 423.354.2479.

Traffic delays on Highway 75

Road construction continues on Highway 75 South of the main campus at the Highway 36/Highway 75 junction.  This construction may cause delays for students traveling to the main campus at Blountville when fall classes begin on Monday. 

Students should plan for extra time to get to campus if traveling on Highway 75 this fall and next spring.  

Alternative routes to the main campus include:

  • Interstate 81 North to Exit 63
  • Traveling through the Piney Flats area on Devault Bridge Road to Muddy Creek Road
  • Highway 11E (through Piney Flats) to Highway 394 to Blountville with southbound access to Highway 75.

OSHA General Industry course Sept. 26-29

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State offers a 30-hour General Industry course on safety and healthy work practices in September.

The course is ideal for any professional responsible for employee on-the-job safety and health work practices. This course is the official Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Industry course. Tennessee OSHA trainers will conduct the classes.

Course completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National Training Institute to student completing the class. Attendance at all four classes is required to receive the card.

The class meets Sept. 26 – 29. Course hours are: Sept. 26 – 28, 8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.; and Sept. 29: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The class will be held in L106 of Wayne Basler Library on the main campus.

The course fee is $399 including books and all study materials. Register by contacting 423.354.2570 or cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.

200 new parking spaces at the main campus

Student parking, or lack thereof, can create havoc on a college campus especially during the first frantic days of a semester.

To alleviate crowded lots and frustrated drivers, Northeast State created a new overflow parking area on the main campus at Blountville just in time for the fall semester.

A new parking lot adds 200 new vehicle spaces to the main campus at Blountville.

“The new lot provides more flexibility for students to get parking spots without circling the campus and being late for class,” said Pete Miller, director of Maintenance Operations at Northeast State.  “We expect overflow every fall so we hope this new lot can reduce the frustration for students.”

The 74,000-square-foot space located at the east end of campus can accommodate up to 200 vehicles.  Students can take the main entrance from Highway 75 and bear right approximately 300 yards to the first stop sign. From there, a right turn onto Holston Private Drive and an immediate left turn onto Aviation Drive bring the student to the parking lot’s entrance.

Officers from the Northeast State Police and Safety Office will be directing traffic flow on the main campus during the first week of fall semester.  Students should pick up their parking permits when registering or paying fees before the first day of fall classes on Monday, Aug. 29.

Students can learn more about Northeast State at Blountville via this interactive campus map that features an overview of the campus grounds and photographs of the academic and administration buildings.

Campus stays busy with summer projects

Workmen pour concrete under a blistering August sun.  Flooring tiles get removed and walls are stripped of paint.

Summer leaves little time off for the building and grounds crews at Northeast State as they race to finish projects across campus as the first day of fall classes nears.

Grout and steel rods stabilize the concrete foundation of the A Building.

“The summer months give us a window to complete projects that are best done with fewer students on campus,” said Pete Miller, director of Maintenance Department.

One of the summer’s largest projects involved repairing the foundations of three buildings on the main campus.  A series of cracks and displacements in the flooring and walls of interior offices and classrooms was noticed in the buildings in recent years.  A series of dry summer seasons dating back to 2007 is believed to have contributed to the physical alteration in the buildings’ structures.

Construction crews began drilling through the ground to the foundation’s concrete platform.  Steel rods were inserted down the drill shaft until the steel hits bedrock.  A high pressure pump is used to inject grout into the damage point to stabilize the foundation from further shifting.  Maintenance personnel will replace flooring and repair walls of interior rooms affected by the foundation.

Miller said the stabilization project included portions of the Powers Science and Math Building, the General Studies Building, and the Student Center.

Paving is one of many projects being completed at the main campus this summer.

Eight new gas-fired boilers have been installed at the main campus and will be brought online later this month.  The boilers provide heating capacity to most buildings on campus.

Other projects include enhancing handicapped access points around campus buildings, replacing the roof on the Faculty Building, and repainting vehicle space stripes in the student parking lot adjacent to the Locke Humanities Building and Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

Building crews are also renovating several offices in the General Studies Buildings.  The offices for the Student Success Center and Center for Students with Disabilities are also being refurbished.

These projects are all in addition to the College personnel who keep up the landscaping and daily building maintenance year round.

“We need to make sure our students, faculty, and staff have a comfortable, safe and clean environment where they can learn and work,” said Miller.