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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_dunbar-art.jpgThe 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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