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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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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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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