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b2ap3_thumbnail_LittleWomen.jpgDirected by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players will present “Little Women” Wednesday, April 2, through Saturday, April 5, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

“Little Women,” inspired by the popular American novel, will follow Jo March and her sisters as they journey into adulthood following the years of the Civil War. With lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland, this recent Broadway hit offers many delightful songs that any audience member is sure to enjoy. 

“One broad based theme would be that it is important to know who you really are,” said Powers. “Jo tries to be someone she is not, but she only finds real happiness when she recognizes who she truly is. As Shakespeare said, ‘To thine ownself be true.’”

The cast and crew include:

Jo March: Erika Stafford, a senior psychology major from Orrville, Ohio (Orrville High School)

Amy March: Chelsea Ritter, a senior international business major from New Tripoli (Northwestern Lehigh High School)

Meg March: Briana Hozak, a senior sociology major from Home (Marian Center Area High School)

Beth March: Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata (Ephrata Senior High School)

Marmee: Amanda Stillings, a sophomore arts administration major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)

*Aunt March: Mariah West, a junior criminal justice administration major from Minden, Nev. (Sierra Lutheran High School)

Theodore Laurence III: Adam Tapparo, a junior sociology major from Beaver (Beaver Area High School)

*Mr. Laurence: John Flanigan IV, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md. (Calvary Christian Academy)

Professor Bhaer: Dawson Laabs, a sophomore information technology major from Washington (Washington High School)

Mrs. Kirk: Olivia Long, a junior business management major from Burgettstown (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)

*Helga: Larissa Bray, a sophomore mathematics major from Murrysville (Trinity Christian High School)

Clarissa: Lori Williams, a freshman early childhood education major from Mount Clare, W.Va. (Bridgeport High School)

*Braxton: Austin Orth, a sophomore computer science major from Meyersdale (Lighthouse Christian Academy)

*Rodrigo and Choreographer: Jordan Totty, a junior forensic science major from Temecula, Calif. (Cornerstone Christian School)

*Rodrigo 2: Emily Haywood, a sophomore digital design major from Claysville (McGuffey Area School District)

*Old Knight: Mike Merten, a freshman history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)

Chief Hag: Emily Mielcarek, a freshman international culture major from Orchard Park N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)

*Chief Troll: Katie Shultz, a junior human services major from Venetia (Peters Township High School)

Ensemble: 

  • Denell Cormany, a freshman early childhood and special education major from Medina, Ohio (Buckeye Senior High School)
  • Annie McGlaughlin, a freshman communication sports broadcasting and information major from Pittsburgh (Brentwood Middle-High School)
  • Brittany Stowe, a sophomore psychology major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School)
  • Vocal Director: Tome Custer
  • Choreographer: Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University 
  • Stage Manager: Leysha Stickles, a freshman creative writing major from Bellefonte (Bellefonte Area High School
  • Additional Crew:
    • David O'Donaghue, a freshman with an undeclared major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
    • Tyler Wolfe, a freshman communication electronic media major from Parkton, Md. (Hereford High School)
    • Members of the Lights & Sound Tech class

*Cast members who are also part of the ensemble

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgWaynesburg University will host a Senior Art Exhibition for Nathanael Long Monday, March 24, through Wednesday, April 16. An opening reception will take place Monday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Senior art exhibitions take place each semester to provide veteran art students with a platform to showcase the products of a practiced creative process. Students spend four years creating and preserving pieces they are most proud of for this very occasion. 

Long’s exhibit includes paintings, photography, sculptures and ceramics pieces he has worked on throughout his academic career, concentrating on abstract art for the purposes of the show.

“Art is something I have enjoyed ever since I can remember,” Long said. “I realize now that I will always be a student of art because there is always more to learn. I like the challenge of trying to make interesting compositions using line, form and color to express myself.”

The Art Program at Waynesburg University allows students to mold, paint and sketch works of their imagination while providing the tools to grasp a comprehensive knowledge of techniques and history. Students hone abilities through class discussion, demonstrations and exhibits. 

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information call 724-852-3247.

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Experience a variety of musical talents as the Waynesburg University Music Program hosts its first Chamber Works concert of the semester, Thursday, Feb. 27. The event will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental Combos, Percussion Ensemble, Pipe and Drum Band and Woodwind Ensemble.

“Chamber Works is an event that allows our student-ensembles to perform a great variety of styles of music,” said Alejandro Pinzon, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University. “This is an opportunity for our student-musicians to perform in front of an audience of peers, teachers and friends.”

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-Paul-Carrol.jpgGuitarist, composer and musical theatre director, Paul Carrol Binkley, will perform in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID. Reservations are suggested.

A highly regarded Nashville, Tenn., musician, Binkley is known for his abilities as an acoustic guitarist, performing in live shows and recordings for Music City acts. He has backed performers such as country group Alabama, but also records regularly as a solo artist. His albums include Closer to Home, Flying Colors, Passages for Acoustic Guitar and Silent Serenade. 

He has played on television programs including the Grand Ole Opry, Church Street Station and Nashville Now. Binkley has served as musical director for the Mockingbird Theatre, the Nashville Children's Theater and the National Shakespeare Festival. 

In addition to his work on the acoustic guitar, Binkley also composes. He took home top honors in the Young Composers Competition twice and has performed at both the Atlanta Arts Festival and the Mid-South Jazz Festival.

His formal education includes training from Austin Peay State University, Boston's Berklee College of Music and Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.  

In conjunction with the Feb. 20 concert, the Fine Arts Department will host two master classes with Binkley. The Friday noon master class experience in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel will be open to the public with free admission. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/pcbinkley. 

For concert reservations, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/pcbinkley/. Tickets will be available Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-Robert-Page.jpgWaynesburg University will host its eighth annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 1. The Symposium, directed by guest clinician Dr. Robert Page, will be held in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

This year’s Symposium is available to both band and choir directors, and will feature rehearsals with Page and event ensembles. The event ensembles for this year include the Waynesburg University Lamplighters Concert Choir, featuring members of the Mendelssohn Choir, and the Waynesburg University Symphonic Band, featuring members of the North Suburban Concert Band.

Participants will have the opportunity to witness Page’s rehearsal techniques during the ensemble rehearsals Friday evening. Also, they will have the opportunity to hear two lecture presentations and may choose to participate as a conductor in order to receive individual critique from Page.

Page is conductor emeritus of the world-renowned Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Pa. He has conducted more than 30 American regional orchestras including his work best known with the Cleveland, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Pittsburgh, Pa., orchestras.

He occupies the Paul Mellon chair at Carnegie-Mellon University and has commissioned works from composers as varied as Galbraith Ginastera, Korte, Rands and Rorem.

Registration information is available at www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/fine-arts.

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