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Waynesburg University will present “The Curious Savage," a lighthearted comedy by John Patrick, Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The story revolves around Mrs. Ethel Savage, a wealthy widow, who wants to use her fortune to help others. However, her grown stepchildren are determined to keep the fortune for themselves, so they have “mom” committed to a sanitarium. While there, Mrs. Savage meets several of the residents. These emotionally scarred and delicate people are brought to believe in themselves a bit more as she interacts with them, and they, in turn, give Mrs. Savage a new outlook on life. 

"This is an old play that I remember seeing at a community theater in my hometown in the 1970’s, but I still think it has something to say to us in 2016," said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “That's one of the treasures of theater; we can still be entertained and enlightened by the old stories.”

Since 2002, Waynesburg University has presented a community theater show each summer. Directed by Powers, the production features Waynesburg University students and several members of the local community. 

The cast includes Brittany Blair-Martin, Alaina Camps, Kevin Conley, Tome J. Custer, Michelle Frye, Laura Gonnella, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Ellen M. Weekly, Christian Wilson, Ben Zyra, and a special appearance by Bryn Lahew. 

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/savage. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUSC15_092.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will offer its second Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, Nov. 19, at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, James D. Randolph Kiltie Band, Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Concert Choir will offer a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The choir, made up of 50 students and faculty members, will be accompanied by the Waynesburg University Music Program chamber ensemble.

The performance will consist of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, which is a choral-orchestral 19th century piece performed in Latin and the best known of Faure’s works. It is written for an orchestra, organ, chorus and two soloists. “Pie Jesu” is the most well-known section of this opus.

According to Melanie Catana, director of choral music at the University, the Requiem is intended as a prayer for God’s mercy at life’s end. The concert is intentionally occurring close to All Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 1, when loved ones who have passed away are traditionally remembered and honored.

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The Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University will display a Juried Photography Show in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Oct. 19, to Friday, Nov. 13. The opening reception will be Monday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibit will include a display of artistic photographs taken by University students and faculty during the past year. Photos from University-sponsored Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips will be featured in a special section.

Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art at the University, initiated the Juried Photography Show after being inspired by photographs his students took on a trip to Italy last semester. His goal is to showcase the variety of activities and projects in which the campus is involved, including the fact that Waynesburg students travel all over the world.

“A lot of people are afraid to do art, because picking up a paint brush can be scary. But we all take photographs,” said Heisey. “I’m hoping to see that people are surprised by the photos they’ve taken.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call 724-852-3274 for more information.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host guest Noel Witts as part of the University’s Performing Arts Series Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Witts, professor of performing arts at Leeds Becket University in the United Kingdom, will perform a reading of the life and works of Dylan Thomas, a Welsh poet made famous for his literary works, including “Under Milk Wood,” “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and “Do not go gentle into that good night.”

The reading will incorporate Thomas’ poems and prose along with a discussion of his native city, Swansea, in Wales.

Witts is a documentary playwright who has created three works on Russian and Soviet history and a dozen documentary theater programs for BBC Radio 3. He is the author of “The Twentieth Century Performance Reader” and “Tadeusz Kantor.” He is a native of Wales whose family knew the Thomases.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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