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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-6-Musical.jpgThe 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 lcolcomb@waynesburg.edu.

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 awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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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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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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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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