Northeast State Theater presents Godspell April 5 – 8

The Northeast State Department of Theater stages the popular musical Godspell April 5 – 8 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts in Blountville.

 Godspell is a musical created by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak.  The production is a series of parables, based on the Gospel of Matthew.  These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.   As Jesus taught with parables and storytelling Godspell utilizes pantomime, acrobatics and vaudeville to tell the story of Christ’s passion.

As the cast performs All Good Gifts, Turn Back, O Man and By My Side, the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and heartrendingly to life.  Drawing from various theatrical traditions, Godspell presents a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance, and love.  Don’t miss this wonderful play.  It is a perfect event to go along with your Easter festivities.

Performances of Godspell are scheduled April 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7-8 at 2 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.  Northeast State students with valid student identification get one free ticket.  Purchase tickets now at

For more information, contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail

The Hoard Sale happens today and Friday

The Hoard Sale is going on now in A110 outside Subway on the main campus.   Get some quality items and benefit the Northeast State Foundation during the sale today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

On sale:

Action Figures



Household Items

Kitchen Items


Digital Cameras

TV Stand

Men’s and Women’s Clothing

Pet Supplies

Holiday Items

Pre-lit Christmas Tree

Full Bed Frame

Office Supplies


Floor Lamp

Bath Items

Handmade Wooden Gun Rack

Two Sets of Golf Clubs with Bags

Many more bargains and unique items!  If it’s been hoarded, we’ve got it to sell!  The sale is open to the public.  Cash or check only.  Items must be taken from campus on the day of sale.

All proceeds benefit Northeast State Foundation Scholarships to aid students.  The sale is sponsored by the Northeast State Scholars Foundation.

Writers Graves, White read at Balser Library March 27

Poet Jesse Graves and novelist Charles Dodd White will appear at Northeast State March 27 for afternoon and evening readings. The programs are set for 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Basler Library, Room L106, and are free and open to the public.

Jesse Graves was born and raised in Sharps Chapel, Tenn., where his ancestors settled in the 1780s.  His poems and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Southern Quarterly, Connecticut Review and other journals, anthologies, and collections.  The Texas Review Press recently published his poem collection: Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine.  Graves teaches writing and literature classes at East Tennessee State University, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Literature and Language.

Charles Dodd White was born in Atlanta, Ga., in 1976.  He currently lives in Asheville, N.C. where he teaches English at South College, and is on the creative writing staff of the Hindman Settlement School’s Appalachian Writers Workshop. He has been a U.S. Marine, a fishing guide and a journalist.

White is author of the novel, Lambs of Men and the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County.  He also serves as co-editor of the contemporary Appalachian anthology, Degrees of Elevation.  His fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Collagist, FugueNight TrainNorth Carolina Literary Review, PANK, and Word Riot.

The Basler Library is located at 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  For information, 423.354.2463 or by e-mail at

Anime voice actor Vic Mignogna visits March 22

Anime ranks as one of the most visionary and visually stunning film genres around with millions of rabid fans worldwide.

But who gives these animated characters their life and voice?  One voice behind the visual is renowned anime voice actor Vic Mignogna who visits Northeast State on Thursday, March 22 to discuss this popular film and art form.

Vic Mignogna

Mignogna delivers two presentations at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus.   Mignogna is veteran actor best known as the voice of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. His other well-known roles are as Broly in Dragon Ball Z and Ikkaku Madarame in the classic Japanese television series Bleach.  His voice work appears in more than 80 anime titles including Streetfighter, A.D. Police, Shadow Skills, and many others.

Edward Elric

Originating in Japan decades ago, the word “anime” comes from the Japanese abbreviated pronunciation of “animation.”  Why is anime so popular?  Mignogna explains how the genre’s stories and characters reflect the human condition as any great story should do.

His presentation is a multimedia event for anime enthusiasts and novices.  Both presentations are free and open to the public.  The event is presented by the Northeast State Cultural Activities Committee.  For information, contact 423.279.7669 or