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b2ap3_thumbnail_mattress2.pngThe Waynesburg University Players will present “Once Upon a Mattress” Wednesday, April 8, through Saturday, April 11, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Directed and produced by Edward Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, this is the first time the Waynesburg University Players will present this show.

“Once Upon a Mattress,” inspired by the classic fairytale “The Princess and the Pea,” follows Princess Winnifred, an ungainly, brash girl competing for the hand of Prince Dauntless. Although fond of each other, the princess must pass a series of proper princess tests given by Dauntless’ overbearing mother, Queen Aggravain, who does not want her son to marry.

“Every musical has its own excitement as we get closer and closer to opening night,” said Powers. “This show is exciting in the fact that this is the first time on our stage for a large number of these actors.”

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seats may be reserved by calling 724-852-3226 or visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/musical2015.

The cast and crew include:

  • Minstrel: Abigail Hancher, a senior creative writing major from Washington, Pa. (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Princess #12/ Lady Violet: Larissa Bray, a senior mathematics major from Murrysville, Pa. (Trinity Christian School)
  • Wizard: Olivia Long, a senior business management major from Burgettstown, Pa. (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Lady Larken: Rebecca Rosser, a junior music ministry major from Sweet Valley, Pa. (Lake-Lehman High School)
  • Queen Aggravain: Amanda Stillings, a junior arts administration major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)
  • King Sextimus: Ronald Loebker, a freshman engineering major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • Prince Dauntless: Jacob Restanio, a secondary education (creative writing) major from Houston, Pa. (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Jester: Denise Branthoover, a freshman nursing major from Murrysville, Pa. (Franklin Regional Senior High School)
  • Sir Studley: Shawn White, a freshman with an undeclared major from Amity, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Sir Luce: Ian Bish, a freshman nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Sir Bruce: Anthony Corkos, a freshman psychology major from Venetia, Pa. (Pennsylvania Home Schoolers)
  • Sir Robin: Nathan Stillings, a junior high school student from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)
  • Sir Harry: Matthew Colaluca, a freshman forensic science major from Monaca, Pa. (Central Valley High School)
  • Lady Rowena: Brittany Stowe, a junior arts administration major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School)
  • Lady Merrill: Amber Lambing, a sophomore secondary education (creative writing) major from Conneaut Lake, Pa. (Conneaut Area Senior High School)
  • Lady Lucille: Renee Watts, a junior early childhood education major from Clairton, Pa. (Wilson Christian Academy)
  • Lady Mabelle: Sara Lesher, a freshman with an undeclared major from Masontown, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Lady Harriet: Rebecca Iannotta, a freshman athletic training major from Stanhope, N.J. (Veritas Christian Academy)
  • Lady Rose: Sarah Flowers, a biology (pre-med) major from Germantown, Md. (Covenant Life School)
  • Emily: Michelle Frye, a freshman advertising major from Carmichaels, Pa. (Carmichaels Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Lady Ivy: Deanna DeCenzo, a sophomore nursing major from McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport Area Senior High School)
  • Lady Iris: Katie Kondrick, a freshman history major from Cheswick, Pa. (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Princess Winnifred: Emily Mielcarek, a sophomore international culture major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
  • Director: Edward Powers
  • Vocal Director: Tome Custer
  • Choreographer: Jordan Totty, a senior forensic science major from Temecula, Calif. (Cornerstone Christian School)
  • Assistant Director: Michael Merten, a sophomore history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Stage Manager: Haleigh McKee, a freshman engineering major from Mansfield, Pa. (Mansfield Junior-Senior High School)

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Philip Hurd, a senior music ministry major from Prattsburgh, N.Y., and Allyson Georgian, a junior forensic accounting major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, were recently selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. 

The 68th annual festival will be held Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, at Bloomsburg University. Founded in 1948, the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band is the oldest continually operating band of its kind in the United States.

Each year, students from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are recommended by their band directors, submit applications and are chosen to participate by a selection committee.

“This year, we are sending a music ministry major and a music minor as our emissaries to this fine ensemble,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program at Waynesburg University. “I am always proud to see our students take advantage of opportunities that are open to them, whether those opportunities present themselves on our campus or in surrounding communities.”

For more information, call 724-852-3420. 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band Mid-Winter Concert will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. There will be a reception immediately following the performance. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The Symphonic Band will perform familiar melodies from a variety of folk song traditions. 

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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The faculty of the Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will hold a Faculty Art Exhibition, Monday, Feb. 16, through Friday, March 20, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening reception Monday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The Faculty Art Exhibition will feature paintings from Ron Jesiolowski, a ceramic sculpture by Andrew Heisey, a sculpture from Kathleen Rearick and a drawing/cartooning from Dr. Donald Simpson. 

Monday’s opening reception begins with a visual art exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery and moves to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center for presentations in vocal, instrumental and theatrical arts.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247. 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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COA-Fall14.jpgHosted by the Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and the Waynesburg University Music Program, TUBACHRISTMAS will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Local tuba and baritone/euphonium players are invited to take part in the annual performance. 

Concert registration is at 5 p.m., followed by rehearsal from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.

TUBACHRISTMAS is meant to recognize musical heritage and honor all great artists and teachers whose legacy has provided high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. 

Performers will include any interested tuba, euphonium and baritone players in the area. Audience members will become part of an established tradition throughout the world and enjoy their favorite holiday tunes as never before through the rich, organ-like sound of this low-brass ensemble.

TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist and teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas in 1902. The traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who died December 24, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium and was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of these instruments. 

Register online at waynesburg.edu/web/music. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepris@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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