The 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org