Pellissippi State opens auditions for spring performance of “The Seagull”

Aspiring actors are invited to Pellissippi State Community College to audition for a spring performance of “The Seagull,” by Anton Chekhov.

Auditions will be held from 7-10 p.m., Nov. 15-16, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Actors should bring a headshot and résumé and prepare a one- to two-minute monologue of a classical work similar to Chekhov’s. No Shakespearean monologues, please. Readings from the script also will be provided.

Actors who cannot attend either audition date may contact director Grechen Wingerter to schedule an alternative appointment time at

Performance dates for “The Seagull” are April 13-15 and 20-22.

“The Seagull” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual community arts series of theatrical and musical performances, visual arts exhibits and lectures. For more information about the Arts series, visit or call 865-694-6400.

Pellissippi State invites Blount County community to ‘Take Back the Night’

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to “Take Back the Night” at a rally, speak out and vigil from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 19, at the Blount County Public Library.

Take Back the Night is an international campaign to raise awareness of domestic, relationship and sexual violence. The Blount County event will feature a rally and walk that will start at the Blount County Public Library and process up and down Broadway Avenue. Also at the library, the Maryville Police Department will demonstrate safety and self-defense techniques, and community agencies will present resources for victims of domestic, relationship and sexual violence. The event’s main speaker is from the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee. The event is not suggested for those under age 18.

“Take Back the Night can be empowering and healing,” said Kim Thomas-LaRue, director of Student Life at Pellissippi State and planner of the event. “We hope to bring about awareness of domestic violence — and if we can help even one person, then this night will be a success.”

The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street in Maryville.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. For more information about the Blount County Public Library, visit or call 865-982-0981.

Pellissippi State invites young writers to free mini-conference

Knoxville’s high-school aged writers are invited to the fourth annual Young Creative Writer’s Workshop at Pellissippi State Community College, Saturday, Oct. 21.

The free event features morning and afternoon sessions on fiction, poetry, performance, songwriting, screenplay writing and publication, as well as a complimentary lunch. The day will culminate in a showcase event in which workshop attendees may read or perform their original works to family members and teachers.

Interested high school students can RSVP at The first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

The workshop will be held at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Free transportation to the workshop is available from Austin-East and Fulton high schools and from Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Check-in for the Young Creative Writer’s Workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends with the showcase at around 2:45 p.m. Attendees may attend all or a portion of the day’s events.

Workshop leaders include Pellissippi State faculty members and award-winning professional writers from across Tennessee. Vrondelia “Ronni” Chandler, executive director of Project GRAD Knoxville and published author, is the keynote speaker.

The Young Creative Writer’s Workshop is sponsored by the Pellissippi State Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission and Papa John’s Pizza.

For more information about the Young Creative Writers Conference, contact faculty advisor Patty Ireland at or 865-225-2340.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, call 865-539-7401 or email

Learn self-defense through lifelong learning at Pellissippi State

Women and teenagers can learn and practice self-defense skills at two lifelong learning courses at Pellissippi State Community College this fall.

Women’s Basic Self-Defense is open to women and teens age 12 and older. The non-credit class is from 2-5 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 29-Nov. 5. Attendees will learn instinctual self-defense techniques and how to recognize predators and common lures. Cost is $65.

Girls on Guard — Comprehensive Women’s Self-Defense Course is open to women and teens age 14 and older. The non-credit class is from 2-5 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 29-Nov. 12. Cost is $89. This class is similar to Women’s Basic Self-Defense but includes an additional class session that discusses sexual assault prevention.

Both of these classes are offered at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email

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