NST holds auditions for No Exit and She Kills Monsters Aug. 30 & 31

The Northeast State Department of Theater announces open auditions next week for the fall productions of She Kills Monsters and No Exit. The new season promises an exciting collection of plays from the College’s award-winning Theatre Department.

Actors are invited to auditions for both plays on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The No Exit production seeks to cast 2 males and 2 females. She Kills Monsters looks to cast 3 males, 6 females, and a large chorus. Auditions are open to all students, faculty, and community members ages 18 and up.

Performers are asked to gather in the lobby of the WRCPA. You will audition for both productions at the same time. Ideally, you will have both a contemporary comedic (She Kills Monsters) and a contemporary dramatic (No Exit) 1-minute monologue for these auditions. Northeast State Theatre is an educational theatre department and welcomes any performer to the auditions. Actors can audition with one monologue or read from provided sides from each play.

A list of those who are invited to callbacks will be posted on the Northeast State Theatre Facebook page on Aug. 31 by 11:00 p.m. Callbacks will be done Sept. 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Northeast State Theatre promises an exciting 2016-17 season.
Northeast State Theatre promises an exciting 2016-17 season.

Acclaimed new playwright Qui Nguyen delivers a wonderful comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.

In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. She Kills Monsters is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play’s performance dates are Nov. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 and 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the WRCPA Theater.

Written by Jean Paul Sartre adapted from the French version by Paul Bowles, No Exit tells the tale of two women and one man locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell. No Exit is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play’s production dates are Oct. 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (A202) of the Blountville campus.

For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu/theatre or contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.


Fastball to play free concert for Northeast State’s 50th anniversary

Northeast State continues its year-long 50th anniversary celebration Sept. 29 with a free concert by the Grammy-nominated band Fastball.

Festivities will start on the Blountville campus at 11:00 a.m. and include family amusement activities and food trucks. At 2:00 p.m., former Northeast State presidents and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will gather at the amphitheater to commemorate the College’s anniversary. At 6:00 p.m., The Breakfast Club®, a popular 80’s tribute band from Atlanta, will perform followed by Fastball at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.northeaststate.edu/50 and click on the homecoming tab.

Those in attendance will be offered free souvenirs and promotional items imprinted with Northeast State’s anniversary logo. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and/or blankets to sit on during the concert. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed.

With nearly 20 years of musical explorations and milestones under its belt, Fastball remains one of the most consistent and continuously celebrated rock bands on the road these days. After rising to prominence in 1996 with the debut disc Make Your Mama Proud, the Austin, Texas-based trio exploded into a household name with 1998’s breakthrough project All the Pain Money Can Buy.


Thanks in part to hits such as “The Way,” “Out Of My Head,” and “Fire Escape,” the record skyrocketed to platinum-plus sales in a mere six months, sending the band on a whirlwind tour of the world. Along the way, Fastball scored a pair of coveted Grammy nominations, an MTV Music Award nomination, and regular rotation on the late night talk show circuit.

That momentum continued into the next decade, starting with 2000’s The Harsh Light of Day, which the infectious single “You’re An Ocean,” and included a cavalcade of guest stars like the late, great legend Billy Preston, Stray Cats singer, Brian Setzer, and former Wallflowers guitarist, Michael Ward. Painting the Corners: The Best of Fastball was released in 2002.

With 2004’s Keep Your Wig On, which was produced by Spoon collaborator Mike McCarthy and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, Fastball hit its stride. The album boasted influences ranging from British Invasion to the power pop to roots rock.

By 2009, the trio turned in Little White Lies entirely on its own terms, which didn’t just earn the veterans the best reviews of their career, but also multiple appearances at Austin’s SXSW conference and festival.

“I think we’ve grown into a really good rock n’ roll band that’s way better than we’ve ever been,” said Miles Zuniga, co-vocalist/guitarist/co-songwriter. “We have an audience that’s stuck with us the whole time and playing shows never feels like work because it’s a ton of fun. We know people want to hear the hits and we definitely have those in there, but we try to play something off every record, have some improvisational moments without turning into a jam band, and half the time, I start calling out the set list as we go. It all depends on the night and the barometric pressure of the audience.”

Opening the show will be The Breakfast Club®, which touts itself as the longest running, most recognized ’80s tribute band in the United States.

Formed in 1993, the band’s mission is to create the buoyant spirit of music and live performances of the MTV generation bands of the 1980’s. The group’s song list contains more than 100 tunes by artists such as The Cars, Duran Duran, The J. Geils Band, Huey Lewis and the News, Van Halen, and Wang Chung.

The homecoming and concert are also part of the Northeast State Foundation’s annual Because of You Campaign (BOYC) week, which runs Sept. 26 through Oct. 3. The week is designed to allow the College’s clubs and organizations to raise funds for scholarships, programs and projects. The week culminates with a check ceremony and celebration on Oct. 3.

Northeast State at Johnson City science labs now in place

Northeast State at Johnson City’s science labs are now in place, allowing the College to offer block schedules for Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and General Chemistry.

The labs are the final piece of the Johnson City campus project, which has more than 39,000 square feet of instructional and administrative space to support the more than 300 students expected for fall 2016.

The innovative block schedule format will allow students to get either sequences of General Biology I and II, or Anatomy and Physiology I and II completed during the same term. The campus is also offering sections of General Chemistry I and II.

In addition to the science courses, the campus offers a five-semester pathway via the block format for Administrative Professional Technology, Computer and Information Science, and University Parallel transfer courses.

The campus offers day and evening block schedules designed for the convenience of students. Block schedule students typically enroll for two classes in the first half, and two or more in the second half, which translates into 12 or more credit hours per semester.

JC science lab
Newly finished science labs of Northeast State at Johnson City.

Instead of having to juggle four courses, four sets of books, and four course calendars for 15 weeks, students will only need to attend to one, two, or at most three courses in seven-week sessions thus simplifying their workloads.

Similarly, the full-time evening block offers one course a month, one night a week, which also works out to 12 credit hours. This semester the campus is adding Thursdays to its evening schedule.

“In most courses our students are finding the one course at a time approach is working very well,” said Dr. Keith Young, dean of Off Campus Programs and Services. “Having to go to only one class per evening per week allows them to take care of the rest of their lives as well.”

As always, part-time schedules may be created for those students who need to pay out-of-pocket or only need one or two courses to complete a program.

Young said students wishing to take courses starting Aug. 22 must have their admissions requirements completed and fees paid no later than Aug. 19.

For more information, visit www.NortheastState.edu/johnsoncity.

The GLOW Run 5K lights up Northeast State Aug. 26

Get your glow sticks, glow-paint, and anything else to light up the night when Northeast State hosts the Honors GLOW Run 5K race on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Glow RunRace start time is 7:30 p.m. Runners can register and get entry packets the day of race between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The race registration fee is $20 before Aug. 25 and $25 on the day of race. All runners who register before race day receive a GLOW Run t-shirt. Participants will be fitted with electronic B-tag result timers via We Run Events. Participants can register online now at werunevents.com.

The race course follows a new route that incorporates the Hurley Fitness Trail at the Blountville campus. The course is a double loop 5K entirely on the Northeast State campus.  There are a few hills on the fitness trail, but the rest of the course should be flat and fast. A map of the course can be viewed when registering online.

Runners can adorn themselves in their best fluorescent fashions, paint up with some illuminating neon colors, or accessorize themselves with fluorescent face paint and glow sticks. All race participants also receive an event t-shirt.

Runners will be registered in age brackets with GLOW Run trophies, ribbons, and medallions awarded to first-place winners in each category. The runner decorated with the most “glow” will get a $100 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

A map of the GLOW Run 5K course.

Sponsored by the College’s Honors Program, the GLOW Run supports the College’s Because of You campaign, a weeklong event of activities dedicated to raising money for student scholarships. All race entry fees and proceeds will benefit student scholarships at Northeast State.

Come on out and enjoy a night run at this awesome race! For more information, contact jbhoneycutt@NortheastState.edu or 423.354.2596.

Spirit of Soul Dance Band pays tribute to Northeast State with 50 years of music

The Northeast State Community College Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series wraps up on a scorching hot note when the Spirit of Soul Dance Band pays tribute to the College’s 50th anniversary with music from 1966 to the present.

Spirit of Soul takes the stage July 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center Theater at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary with music from the 1960s up to the present. Audience members should bring their dancing shoes!

The eleven-piece Spirit of Soul Dance Band has quickly become one of the area’s most popular bands, with its incredible ability to cover the best in dance music.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band is composed of professionals and accomplished musicians who perform the best music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, along with soulful sophistication and utmost versatility. Enjoy music from five decades of music including classic Soul, smooth R&B, Disco, Beach Music and Shag.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band.
The Spirit of Soul Dance Band

Jeff Williams is lead singer with a long history of vocal accomplishments. Robin Williams, Jeff’s wife is one of the band’s two female vocalists. She spent time in musical theater and later toured the Southeast with a Dinner Show Band. Robin also takes lead on many of our songs.

Mary Duke McCartt adds her sweet harmonies and leads to the group.  Chuck Gordon and Bill Derby both play lead and rhythm guitars and have played music together since age 15. Over the years Chuck studied jazz guitar and theory, and Bill played and toured with numerous bands while in the service.  Howard Bloom the group’s bass player, brings his talent that is so important to the R&B, Soul and Beach Music sound. Sam Huddleston, playing tenor sax, has played and toured with several soul bands from the late 60s.

Melanie Aldridge brings to the horn section a strong trumpet, along with flute and background vocals.  Norman Gray plays a soulful trumpet putting out pure sound that completes the brass section. Norman has a long background in music, playing with many brass ensembles and the community concert bands. Don Nickell brings many years of experience to the band since picking up a pair of drumsticks at age 15. Don’s music experience includes years of playing Rock n’ Roll, Southern Rock and Rhythm and Blues. Fred Goodwin, the group’s keyboard artist, started his music career at age 13 and has played with many groups including Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, John Denver, Glen Miller, and B.B. King.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the WRCPA Theater. For more information visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.279.7669.