Theatre & Dance

First failure, then success, led Sean Cercone to WVU

A bumpy road of rejection and failure brought Sean Cercone to West Virginia University in 1999. Visiting campus in 2017 as a senior vice president, he watched the musical he co-wrote come to life in the same building where he received his shot at success.

Cercone was interested in studying theatre after high school, while his parents wanted him to go into the medical field. He took the path his parents suggested, but eventually failed out of two nursing schools and one emergency medical technician program. When his best friend needed a copilot on a trip to visit Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, from their hometown in Upstate New York, Cercone volunteered.

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WVU Theatre takes on ‘Pericles’

The romantic and adventurous “Pericles” by William Shakespeare comes to life at West Virginia University in March.

The play follows Pericles, king of Tyre, as he attempts to escape murder while finding himself, his home and his family. In the end, Pericles and the other characters go through extreme highs and lows.

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WVU School of Theatre & Dance to present “Dance Now!” Feb. 2-4

The West Virginia University School of Theatre and Dance will present “Dance Now!” Feb. 2-4 in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center.

“Dance Now!” is an annual concert, including works choreographed by students, faculty and guest artists. The performance gives WVU students the opportunity to work in a professional environment, honing their performance skills and developing their ability to create in a collaborative effort between performer, choreographer and designer.  

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Helping through dance

Students in the West Virginia University dance program are taught that “everyone is a dancer.” A three-week study abroad trip to France showed dance and psychology dual major Tori Pierce just how true that is.

After class each day, Pierce and other students on the trip were placed in community service activities. She spent some afternoons painting and acting with children, and others at a nursing home for people with physical disabilities.

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2016 Canady Scholars announced

Twenty students studying in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts have been awarded scholarships from the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation. The Canady Scholarships are among the most prestigious awards given in the college.

The scholarships are named for Valerie Canady, a Morgantown native and WVU summa cum laude graduate, who was among the 270 people who died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in Dec. 1988. Canady, who worked for H.J. Heinz Co. in their London office, was an accomplished linguist and artist in different media of expression, especially in piano.

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