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A still from Russell Gummelt's short film, "Two Rails from Hell."

Some Missouri Western State University theater and cinema students will be in the director’s seat for its latest production.

Titled “Short and Sweet,” the production will feature six one-act plays and five short films, with two of the plays directed by students. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall.

The student-directed productions will include Kara McGhee helming the first play, “Clara and the Gambler” and Abby Sexton directing “Hold for Three.”

In addition, Missouri Western veteran directors Tee Quillin, associate professor of theater, and Jeff Stover, chair of the epartment of Theater, Cinema and Dance, will also flex their directorial muscles, with the former showcasing“The Bluegrass of God” and “Sure Thing,” and the latter with “Doll Cargo” and “Brights!”

In between the plays, student-directed short films will be presented, including: “7 Minutes,” by Charles Skyles, “Goodnight Kiss,” by Beau Hill, “Music Video,” by Gabriel Barton, “Clasp on Love,” by Andy Coutts and Russell Gummelt’s “Two Rails from Hell,” which was awarded Best Film at the Fault-Line Film Festival at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Tickets for “Short and Sweet” are $12 for adults, $10 for Missouri Western faculty and staff, free for Missouri Western students with ID and $6 for all other students. To purchase tickets in advance, visit mwsutix.com or call 816-271-4452. Tickets also may be purchased at the door.

— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live

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