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b2ap3_thumbnail_Laura-Wingard-Plank_genesis.jpgWaynesburg University will hold a Guest Art Exhibition featuring the work of Brian and Laura Plank Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Oct.3, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. An opening reception will be held Monday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Brian and Laura are married artists who create art side-by-side, yet they have very different approaches to the making of art images. This exhibit will give the Waynesburg  community an opportunity to see how two different viewpoints of art come together.

Brian creates art that is “for anyone to enjoy and that is accessible to all.” He injects humor and whimsy into his pieces, while Laura’s love for medieval manuscripts, flat textile pattern and bold outline portrays a different perspective. She uses hand-painted lino-cuts, as well as acrylic, ink and gold leaf to explore Biblical scripture and the world surrounding us.  

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

For more information, call 724-852-3274.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University Celebrating the Arts 2014 will present Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 2, on Waynesburg’s campus. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. 

Waynesburg University alumni, current students and community members will come together to perform the classic murder mystery. "The Mousetrap" holds the distinction of being the longest running play in the world, now in its 62nd year in London, England. 

"A good murder mystery can still entertain and intrigue audiences today," said Waynesburg University director and professor of theatre Edward L. Powers. "I've not directed a murder mystery here as of yet, and I thought this would provide an enjoyable evening at the theatre during the summer.” 

In “The Mousetrap,” Mollie and Giles Ralston have just opened a country inn outside of London, England. They are excited about their weekend guests. However, after all have arrived and a snowstorm has cut them off from the nearest town, one of the guests is killed. A detective arrives convinced that someone in the house is the culprit; an inevitable investigation ensues. 

"Theatre is for the whole community, and we certainly look forward to three exciting nights of performance," said Powers.

Cast and crew:

•Mollie Ralston: Tome J. Custer, a community member  

•Giles Ralston: Jordan Thompson a 2010 Waynesburg University communication alumnus 

•Christopher Wren: Ryan P. Bistarkey, a 2010 Waynesburg University education alumus 

•Miss Casewell: Laura Gonnella, a community member 

•Mrs. Boyle: Ellen M. Weekly, a community member 

•Major Metcalf: Mike Winland, a 2011 Waynesburg University communication alumnus 

•Mr. Paravicini: SiReno Mattie, a senior English (creative writing) major at Waynesburg University 

•Detective Sgt. Trotter: Sable Griedel, a 2012 Waynesburg University education alumna 

•Assistant director: Katie Shultz, a senior human services (education) major and theater minor at Waynesburg University

•Lights and sound: David O'Donoghue, a sophomore undeclared major at Waynesburg University

•Scenery and props: Mickey Acor, a community member 

 

Tickets cost $5 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/the-mouse-trap/. For more information, call 724-852-3226. 

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir presented a fall concert Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. 

The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and Music Program presented their annual Christmas concert, “Sounds of the Season,” Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Waynesburg University hosted its eighth annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The Symposium, directed by guest clinician Dr. Robert Page, was held in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

A faculty art exhibition featuring the work of Ron Jesiolowski was held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Feb. 24, through Wednesday, March 19, 2014. 

Waynesburg University hosted a Senior Art Exhibition for Nathanael Long Monday, March 24, through Wednesday, April 16, 2014. An opening reception took place Monday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

Directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players presented “Little Women” Wednesday, April 2, through Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.

The Fine Arts Department at Waynesburg University hosted E-3 Day: Explore, Enrich, Excel Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The event, described as “a fine arts immersion day,” was geared toward all fine arts students, grades 9 through 12. It featured a series of workshops, master classes and competitions in all areas of the fine arts.

Waynesburg University’s Fine Arts Department held a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, October 21 through Friday, November 15, 2013. The exhibit displayed the artwork of senior, Hannah Dunbar. Her exhibit featured ceramics, charcoal and pencil drawings, paintings and photography pieces that she created over her four years at Waynesburg University.

The Waynesburg University Players presented “The Uninvited,” written by Tim Kelly and directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. The show ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band presented their 2013 concert Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, on the campus of Waynesburg University. In connection with the Crosby Lecture Series and Todd Green’s presentation of music from around the world, the concert offerings encompassed music from Hungary, Russia, Japan and Africa.

The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts and the Music Program hosted the annual Spring Concert titled “Poems, Patterns & Polyphonies” Saturday, April 20, 2013. Concert music featured songs and arrangements from the Classical, Romantic and Twentieth-Century repertoire.

Directed by Edward L. Powers, associate professor of theatre at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players presented the Spring Musical “Anything Goes” Wednesday, April 3, through Saturday, April 6, 2013.

In March of 2013, five Waynesburg University students traveled to Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa., to participate in the 66th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. Ryan Condello, a junior business management major from McMurray (Upper Saint Clair High School); Mark Fordyce, a senior business management major from New Freeport (West Greene High School) ; Brittany Nimal, a junior forensic accounting major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School); Emily Roper, a senior biblical and ministries studies (children and youth) major from Shippensburg (Shippensburg High School); and Jonathan Zeleny, a senior arts administration major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School) participated.

The Music Program at Waynesburg University hosted a special Faculty Recital Thursday, March 7, 2013.  The University’s fine arts faculty shared their vocal talents along with piano and string instrument expertise.

Waynesburg University hosted pianist Teresa Walters Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, as part of the University’s Performing Art Series. The mesmerizing performances by Teresa Walters on today's international concert stages inspire unanimous praise. Hailed as “The International First Lady of Piano,” she is described by Austrian National Television as "that rare musical phenomenon" and "one of the world's most significant pianists."

Carmen May, a senior art major from Mill Run, Pa., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University. An opening reception was held Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

Waynesburg University hosted a modern translation of the Greek tragedy “Antigone” Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The famous tragedy by Sophocles was performed by an alumni cast.

Emily Dubberke, a senior art major from Bridgeport, W.Va., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University. An opening reception was held Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

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Directed by Edward Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Theater Program will host an evening of one-act plays, Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The three one-act plays bring student work to life as students perform their scripts written from a recent playwriting course. Original one-act plays are showcased and presented in a workshop format.

“Each of these stories offers an opportunity for actor and director to build a character and a situation from the ground up,” said Powers. “The playwright has given them the words, and now the other theater artists are striving to bring these words to life.”

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seats may be reserved by calling 724-852-3226.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Experience a variety of musical talents as the Waynesburg University Music Program hosts its second Chamber Works concert of the semester, Thursday, April 17. The event will be held 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, the Brass Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra, the Jazz Ensembles, the Vocal and Instrumental Combos, the Percussion Ensemble, the Pipe and Drum Band and the Woodwind Ensemble. These ensembles are largely student driven and receive weekly coaching by applied music faculty members.

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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724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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