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Waynesburg University will present “The Curious Savage," a lighthearted comedy by John Patrick, Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The story revolves around Mrs. Ethel Savage, a wealthy widow, who wants to use her fortune to help others. However, her grown stepchildren are determined to keep the fortune for themselves, so they have “mom” committed to a sanitarium. While there, Mrs. Savage meets several of the residents. These emotionally scarred and delicate people are brought to believe in themselves a bit more as she interacts with them, and they, in turn, give Mrs. Savage a new outlook on life. 

"This is an old play that I remember seeing at a community theater in my hometown in the 1970’s, but I still think it has something to say to us in 2016," said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “That's one of the treasures of theater; we can still be entertained and enlightened by the old stories.”

Since 2002, Waynesburg University has presented a community theater show each summer. Directed by Powers, the production features Waynesburg University students and several members of the local community. 

The cast includes Brittany Blair-Martin, Alaina Camps, Kevin Conley, Tome J. Custer, Michelle Frye, Laura Gonnella, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Ellen M. Weekly, Christian Wilson, Ben Zyra, and a special appearance by Bryn Lahew. 

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/savage. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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

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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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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