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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-6-Musical.jpgThe Waynesburg University Players will present “The Addams Family” Wednesday, March 22, through Saturday, March 25, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The Addams Family,” a new musical with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, features an original story where Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a young man her parents have never met. Everything changes on a night when the family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

“The story has a sweet little message about growing up and parents letting their children make their own decisions,” said Edward Powers, director of the theatre program and professor of theatre. “I knew our students would enjoy the quirky characters as well as the dark humor.”

A new cast and a new show always excites Powers. He enjoys bringing the art of theatre to students and the community.

“Theatre is entertaining, enlightening and educational, and it can appeal to everyone,” said Powers. “Being involved in plays and musicals, on stage and off, can strengthen a person’s confidence, creativity, leadership and critical thinking skills, among other things.”

Reservations for general admission are suggested, and tickets can be purchased at www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/family.

Additionally, the University will host its annual Alumni and Friends Dinner Theatre Saturday, March 25. Alumni are invited for dinner in Benedum Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. performance of “The Addams Family.”

Tickets cost $35 for adults and $12.50 for children ages 12 and under. Alumni should register online by March 17, 2017, at www.waynesburgunited.com/dinnertheatre17. Theatre seats are limited and reserved on a date-received basis.

For more information about the dinner theatre, contact Lisa Colcombe in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 724-852-3256 or lcolcomb@waynesburg.edu.

Participating students and staff include:

  • Gomez: Kaleb Jefferson, freshman English literature major from Federalsburg, Maryland (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Lurch: Jake Restanio, junior engineering math major from Houston, (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Fester: Zack Zeigler, senior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from West Mifflin (West Mifflin High School)
  • Mal: Mike Merten, senior history major from Columbia, New Jersey (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Lucas: Thomas Faye, freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hills High School)
  • Motricia: Tessa Masula, sophomore English/secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory School)
  • Wednesday: Emily Mielcarek, senior international cultures major from Orchard Park, New York (Orchard Park High School)
  • Grandma: Kayla Coughlin, sophomore early childhood/special education major from Buena Park, California (home schooled)
  • Alice: Mandi Pascarella, sophomore biblical & ministry studies (children & youth) major from Greensburg (Hempfield High School)
  • Pugsley: Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)
  • Cousin It/Chef Ancestor: Katie Kondrick, junior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel High School)
  • The Moon/Warrior Ancestor: Michelle Frye, junior advertising major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels High School)
  • Pirate Ancestor: Ronnie Loebker, junior engineering math major from Ripley, Ohio (home schooled)
  • Caveman Ancestor: Matt Colaluca, junior environmental science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Singer Ancestor: Christian Wilson, sophomore with an undecided major from Waynesburg (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Gambler Ancestor: Matt Desrosiers, sophomore criminal justice major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Puritan Ancestor: Steven Caumo, sophomore English (creative writing) major from Meadow Lands (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Nurse Ancestor: Rachael Crosbie, sophomore mathematics major from Washington (Trinity High School)
  • Saloon Girl Ancestor: Megan Leiter, freshman nursing major from Erie (McDowell High School)
  • Cavewoman Ancestor: Holly Hendershot, freshman communication (journalism) major from Manheim (home schooled)
  • Native American Ancestor: Allyson Barker, freshman art major from Palmer, Arkansas (Palmer High School)
  • Roman Princess Ancestor: Tara Barnard, junior early childhood/special education major from Millerstown (Greenwood High School)
  • Flapper Ancestor: Elizabeth Nicodemus, sophomore sports management major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Bride Ancestor: Gailan Williams, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Williamsport (home schooled)
  • Convict Ancestor: Heidi Dziak, freshman accounting major from Bentleyville (Bentworth High School)
  • Stage Manager: Tre’ Thomas, freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Mill Hall (Central Mountain High School)
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Joanna Peters, sophomore human services education major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community High School)
  • Choreographer: Denise Branthoover, junior nursing major from Murrysville (Franklin Regional High School)
  • Assistant Choreographers: Kayla Couglin, sophomore early childhood/special education major from Buena Park, California (home schooled), Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School), Tessa Masula, sophomore English/secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory School), Megan Leiter, freshman nursing major from Erie (McDowell High School)
  • Director: Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre
  • Music Director: Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music/director of the music program
  • Vocal Director: Melanie Catana, director of choral music/instructor of vocal music

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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2650.JPGThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present an art show by senior art student Emily Wiedner from Monday, March 13, through Friday, April 7. 

The exhibit will be housed in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery and will open with a reception March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Each senior art student is required to create an art show during their final semester which showcases the work they have produced during their Waynesburg careers. Wiedner’s exhibit will contain work focused applying nature’s symbolism to human life in general, and the pieces displayed will represent a wide variety of mediums.

Wiedner chose to include pieces that are either very personal to her or which display her talent the best. She hopes the exhibit allows viewers to relate to her art as well as helps her to grow professionally.

“The goal of the exhibit is to give me experience in how to properly curate a show, as well as prepare my own work to be professionally exhibited,” said Wiedner. “I hope that by displaying my work, I can become more confident and comfortable with talking about the meaning behind it.” 

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247. 

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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A selection of Waynesburg University small ensembles will present Chamber Works I Thursday, Feb. 23, at noon in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel. Admission to the concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. Donations can be made at the concert to benefit Relay for Life. Refreshments will be offered at a reception after the concert.

The concert will feature the University’s Beauty Shop/Barber Shop Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Students who take private music lessons will also perform.

Small music ensembles give students an opportunity to hone and develop their music and leadership skills in intimate settings, and the Chamber Works concerts, offered twice per semester, allow ensembles to share their work with the campus and local communities. Smaller group settings also allow students to experience and connect to repertoire from a wider variety of musical genres than is possible in large ensembles.

“These concerts are a great way to break up a busy week and enjoy a little musical time together,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program and professor of instrumental music. “We hope both our campus community and the Waynesburg community will take an hour out of their day to spend some quality time together.”

For more information, contact DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2671.JPGThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present a senior student’s art exhibition from Monday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Feb. 24, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. 

The exhibit, featuring work by senior art student Maggie Denniston, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30. The reception and exhibit are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

A senior art exhibit is the equivalent of an art student’s capstone course, the culmination of their education and hard work. Denniston, who has chosen the pieces for this particular exhibit from her work during the past four years, tends to use symbolism to express personal feelings about her life and the world through her art.

“I hope [Denniston] will feel a deep sense of pride in the hard work she has put into the exhibit,” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art. “It is a great feeling to look back at your work over the past few years and to share that with people visiting the gallery.”

According to Heisey, senior exhibits teach students how to set up and display their work, run a gallery space, promote an event and talk about their work in verbal and written forms. Each student is also required to create new pieces for their exhibit, which Heisey said tends to be their best work. The exhibit also serves as an educational experience for attendees, who can see how an artist works in a variety of styles. 

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The best artwork of Waynesburg University students will be displayed in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery Monday, Nov. 28, to Friday, Dec. 9. The student art exhibition will open with a reception Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

At the end of each semester, the University’s art professors choose a selection of artwork created by their students during the semester. The artwork encompasses a variety of mediums, and Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art, said seeing the creativity of students is an enjoyable process.

“Each semester, it is very exciting to see what students at Waynesburg come up with,” said Heisey. “Every student is unique, so you never know what will be on display.”

Heisey said the exhibit gives students who have never seen their work on display a chance to showcase their talent in a gallery for everyone to enjoy. It shows them the value of the time and effort dedicated to their art.

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 724-852-3274.

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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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