The annual "Freshman 10" performances at Minot State University are plays written and directed by older students for incoming freshmen to have an opportunity to do some acting without having to compete with more experienced thespians in main stage productions.
"This year we do have some sophomores," said co-organizer Brett Olson. "We couldn't do all the shows we wanted last year, so the cast I'm directing agreed to do it now."
Olson is directing a show written by Chris Stroschein titled "Battle Royale" while Peg Morris is directing Olson's effort, "Liquid Sunshine."
Stroschein's play takes place in an apartment basement where two tenants are disputing who gets to use the only functional laundry machines.
"The conflict turns WWF style," Olson said, referring to the World Wrestling Federation no-holds-barred battles.
Olson described his own with a grin as "the feel-good romantic comedy of the year!"
Each of the plays is 10 minutes in length, hence the name, and this year each of the four being presented is actually a two-person play.
"It's a good time to see some fresh faces," Olson said. "You always see the same faces on stage for four years, and this is the only time (all year) they can't be in it. Only newcomers can audition."
The performances run today through Saturday in the Black Box Theater at Hartnett Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 at the door, proceeds from which will benefit the theater department.