The stage is set for a summer full of entertainment, as the Raven Repertory Company series returns to Sam Houston State. 

Raven Rep., a theatre company within SHSU, provides 20 students with an all-encompassing internship opportunity each summer as a part of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communications. The company was established for students to gain experience in all facets of theater production, with three different theatrical performances.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their skills and gain exposure in their fields,” assistant dean of theatre Penelope Hasekoester said. “We also have the chance to feature the great talent we have at the University.”

Potential interns are selected through an audition process with music directors and choreographers. The internship seeks to showcase the talent at SHSU and allow interns the chance to learn different elements of theatre, including stage management, directing and dancing.

Productions this year includes the Tony Award-winning musical “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which will run Thursday through Saturday this week. The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Godspell” round out the theatre offerings for the program, with “Anne Frank” running June 20-22 and “Godspell” running July 5-7.

“We have a great slate of shows and entertainment for the community this summer,” Hasekoester added. “All of our stories have a summer flair and have positive messages.”

“The spelling bee offers a humorous experience, while ‘Anne Frank’ and ‘Godspell’ offer stories of hope. ‘Anne Frank’ is a story that needs to be heard by all. Each is family friendly and we encourage the community to come out.”

In addition to the theatre productions, the program will also feature a sneak peak of “Man Overboard,” which is set for the Hobby Center in Houston this fall, by Houston’s NobleMotion Dance on June 28.

“NMD has been affiliated with Sam for years now,” Hasekoester said. “We are happy to have them back for this amazing performance before it goes to the Hobby Center.”

Instead of a music concert as the company did last year, students from the Mass Communications department will have their work showcased during the Ravenwood Film Festival. The film festival will run for one hour and feature all genres of short film by the students.

“We wanted to try something new and include other talent around the school,” Hasekoester added. “I hope the community comes to see all of the talent we have here.”

Tickets for the  can be purchased at www.shsutickets.com.  

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