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Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville, Maryville College, Southern USA, Tennessee

TENNESSEE THEATRE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE: DAY ONE

The Clayton Center for the Arts plays home to the Tennessee Theatre Association (TTA) Conference this weekend, opening today with a performance from Cameron Hite of his one-man show “Impulse.” Students from local elementary and middle schools were invited to view the show and ask questions to the writer and star of the show afterward.

Hite wrote the show about his life with Tourette Syndrome, a disorder that causes him to experience “impulses” such as moving his head or toes involuntarily.

“We think it’s important to begin educating students and having them appreciate theater at an early age,” TTA Executive Director Dr. Anna Filippo told ETEB. “I think this year ‘Impulse’ is a wonderfully interesting social and medical issue that’s something that affects people in all walks of life. It’s good to be educated about something like this, and it makes us much more aware.”

Hite rehearsed for his first performance on the stage of the Ronald and Linda Nutt Theatre on Thursday morning after previously performing in the Haslam Family Flexible Theatre. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Hite wrote the one-man show for his senior thesis at Maryville College, though he began writing it as an exercise for a course in his Theatre Major. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Hite wrote the one-man show for his senior thesis at Maryville College, though he began writing it as an exercise for a course in his Theatre Major. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Students in the audience line up to ask questions about inspiration behind “Impulse” and Hite’s experience with Tourette Syndrome. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Around 450 students from local elementary and middle schools filled the seats of the Ronald and Linda Nutt Theatre in the Clayton Center for the Arts to open the 47th Annual TTA Conference. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Around 450 students from local elementary and middle schools filled the seats of the Ronald and Linda Nutt Theatre in the Clayton Center for the Arts to open the 47th Annual TTA Conference. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Students, moderated by Dr. Heather McMahon of Maryville College's Theatre Department, asked Hite questions about his writing process, how having Tourette Syndrome has affected his acting career, and about how true to his life the show's action is. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Students, moderated by Dr. Heather McMahon of Maryville College’s Theatre Department, asked Hite questions about his writing process, how having Tourette Syndrome has affected his acting career, and about how true to his life the show’s action is. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

(left to right) Haley Sullivan, Cameron Hite, and Sarah Bond answer questions from their student audience after Thursday's production of "Impulse" at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

(left to right) Haley Sullivan, Cameron Hite, and Sarah Bond answer questions from their student audience after Thursday’s production of “Impulse” at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

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