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The Waynesburg University Music Program will offer its first Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, Oct. 1, at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Experience a variety of musical styles with performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, the James D. Randolph Kiltie Band, Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at or 724-852-3420.

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will display a Guest Art Exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Oct. 9. The Opening Reception for the exhibit, which will feature artist Andrew Walker’s work, will be Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

Walker seeks to address issues of illness in addition to the recovery and transformation of human beings and of the environment with his artwork.

Using a wide variety of mediums, Walker creates awareness of urban blight and environmental damage, but also provides insight into the potential for relief from these struggles. Walker attaches digital images of wounds and organs to wood and metal sculptures, and he also creates large-scale prints and installations. In addition, Walker’s art utilizes photography, painting and computer manipulation.

Walker’s own health problems, which include skin cancer and organ transplants, are the focus of several of his pieces. His artwork is intended to find great beauty in what is traditionally considered ugly and illustrate how art and science can improve humans’ lives. By including altered images of his own skin cancer and layering digital images together, Walker works to document the beauty and sickness of people and their environment.

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Waynesburg University will present “Relationships: An Evening of Short Plays about Love and Romance,” Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

“The GPAC will be alive with humorous and touching plays about falling in love, proposing marriage, finding new relationships and the pitfalls that come with these scenarios,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. 

Waynesburg University alumni, current students and community members will come together to perform the short plays. The production will include two shows, “The Kentucky Marriage Proposal” by Alice H. Houstle and “The Dancers” by Horton Foote, in addition to several two- and three- person scenes. 

The selected stories will feature a honeymooning couple experiencing their first fight, a farmer’s marriage proposal to his neighbor’s daughter, two college graduates wondering if marriage is right for them, a lonely man’s attempts to rekindle a past relationship and two teenagers’ discovery of the overall unimportance of popularity.   

“We're excited to have familiar faces from the community returning to our stage, but equally as excited about so many area high school students who are new to our Waynesburg University theater program.”

Tickets will be available at the door.  For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

The cast includes:

  • Tome J. Custer
  • Michael Winland
  • Ian M. Bish
  • Ellen M. Weekly
  • Laura Gonnella
  • Jeromy Mackey
  • Morgan N. Seely
  •  Jordan Thompson
  • Caleb Jackson
  • Claire V. Needes
  • Cole Leathers
  • Sarah Snee
  • Sydney Shultz
  • Bradley Gillespie

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WAYNESBURG, PA—Waynesburg University will hold auditions for its summer theatre production in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. both days. 

Auditions are open to the public, and no previous experience is needed. Individuals interested in helping with the technical aspects of the production are also encouraged to attend.

Performance dates are Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1.

“We will be presenting some short, humorous plays centering on the foibles of dating and marriage,” said Edward Powers, director of the theatre program and professor of theatre at Waynesburg University. “The evening of plays will be called ‘Relationships.’ By presenting an evening of shorter plays, the audience can see a variety of stories, as well as a number of people on stage from the community.” 

“Shorter plays will allow for a shorter rehearsal time,” he said. 

Powers hopes to have a number of high school students involved both on stage and back stage. 

“The majority of our summer shows have included community adults and some grade school students,” he said. “This summer I hope to include more from our local schools.”

For years, Waynesburg University has presented a summer theatre show for the community. Past summer productions include “The Sound of Music,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Harvey” and “Cotton Patch Gospel,” as well as last summer's “The Mousetrap.” 

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

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The Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Symphonic Band at Waynesburg University will host the annual Spring Concert Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Enjoy the rich history of music and performing arts in American culture as Waynesburg University students perform a variety of melodies. b2ap3_thumbnail_Wu-Admissions.png  The Lamplighters will perform musical selections from Waynesburg University student-choir as well as vocal solo and small ensemble contributions. The Symphonic Band will perform instrumental solo and small ensemble contributions, with a focus on inspiring and informing audiences about American history.

Some of the musical pieces that will be performed at the concert include “Battle Hymn Chorale,” “God’s Country,” “American Civil War Fantasy” and “Valor.” The finale will be a joint performance with the Lamplighters and Symphonic Band performing “America the Beautiful.”

“Seeing your peers involved in skilled areas of music-making has to be uplifting,” said Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music at Waynesburg University and director of the Waynesburg University Music Program. “We hope to instill a sense of pride and community in the talents possessed by the student musicians at Waynesburg University.”

After the concert, guests are invited to visit with students and faculty at the reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information on these events, contact DePriest at or 724-852-3420.

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