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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-18-Christmas-Belles.jpgThe Theatre Program at Waynesburg University will present “Christmas Belles,” Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s main campus.

“Christmas Belles” tells the story of a church Christmas program that spins hilariously out of control and includes squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.

The play is the sequel to “Dearly Beloved,” which was presented last summer by Waynesburg’s Theatre Program, and includes the return of the main characters, the three Futrelle sisters.

“These characters were so much fun last summer that I thought it might be fun to revisit them,” said Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre and director of the Theatre Program. “And seeing a little bit of Christmas in the summer might also be cute and clever.”

Returning in their roles from “Dearly Beloved” are Sable Griedel as Honey Raye, Laura Gonella as Frankie, Tome Custer as Twink, Jordan Thompson as Dub, Dan Wozniak as John Curtis, Emily Haywood as Gina Jo and Ben Zyra as Justin. Michelle Scheponik will appear as Miss Geneva with Claire Kreider as Patsy. Ellen Weekly will join the cast as Rhonda Lynn, as well as Christian Wilson as Raynerd Chisum.

“Join us for more Texas hilarity with a heavy dose of the holidays,” said Powers.

Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased in advance at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/belles.

For more information, call 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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-9-Orch-Jazz-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will host a Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marsh Center. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program, said this performance gives student musicians the chance to showcase their growth in skill during the year.

“Every semester, members of our small ensembles’ program improve in skill level and difficulty level of standard repertoire for each ensemble,” said DePriest. “Many student musicians are also involved in our larger ensembles and find a growth in quality opportunities available to them for great music-making while here at Waynesburg.”

This event concludes a succession of different musical events hosted by the program, all performed within a week-long period. DePriest said this is an exciting time to see the progress groups have made.

“Nearing the end of the semester is a particularly busy time, both for ensemble instructors and student musicians,” she said. “The final performances of each semester show a culmination of knowledge and repertoire gained throughout the course of the school term. The music is often more challenging, so there is a sense of growth on the part of each member of the ensemble that I look forward to witnessing.”

For more information about the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-4-Art-Exhibit.jpgThe Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will host the Spring Student Art Exhibition beginning Monday, April 16, to Friday, April 27, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition will kick off with an opening night reception at 6 p.m. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition is held every semester to showcase the work of students currently taking art classes. This semester’s show will include the work of approximately 50 students. According to Andrew Heisey, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department, the show gives the students—most of whom are not art majors—the chance to see their work in a new light.

“This show is a great opportunity for them to see their work in a gallery in a professional setting,” said Heisey. “It changes your work when it is in the gallery. A drawing for class that has been in a sketchbook is matted, hung on the wall with gallery lights on it, is no longer paper with a drawing on it. Now it is a piece of artwork. It is a great experience for any young artist to see their work displayed in this way.”

Heisey said each art professor will select work from their classes to exhibit in the gallery. For more information about the Spring Student Art Exhibition, contact Heisey at 724-852-3274 or email aheisey@waynesburg.edu.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-15-Drowsy-Chaperone.jpgThe Waynesburg University Players will present “The Drowsy Chaperone” Wednesday, March 21, through Saturday, March 24. The annual spring musical will be held each evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center with a dinner theatre experience offered Saturday, March 24.

Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Waynesburg University students. To purchase tickets in advance, which is highly recommended, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/drowsy.

The dinner theatre will cost $30 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 5 to twelve and $5 for children under the age of 5. Reservations must be made by March 19. Dinner theatre tickets can also be purchased at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/drowsy.

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Benedum Dining Hall Glass Room with a buffet dinner and a discussion with senior cast and crew members. Coffee and dessert will be held afterwards in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery featuring a student gallery talk.

“This year’s event gives guests a glimpse into the Fine Arts experience at Waynesburg University,” said Victoria Beppler, associate director of Alumni Relations. “During dinner, senior cast and crew members will share stories from their time in the theatre program, and there will also be an opportunity to hear from art students during dessert.”

According to the show’s synopsis, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record, a cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life as the man in the chair looks on. Throughout the musical within a musical, the story features two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone.

“I saw the original production on Broadway, and it struck me as a great and clever idea for a musical,” said Edward Powers, professor of theatre and director of Waynesburg’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” “I knew then it would be a musical I would do one day.”

In addition to Powers as the director, Dr. Ronda Depriest, professor of music, is the music director and Melanie Catana, assistant professor of music, is the vocal director.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score.

The musical has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and it is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

“Theatre is an experience like none other,” added Powers. “As actors, we come together to create that live performance; a company, a cast, a group of people that is also unique. Every show, every performance, every night is like no other.”

The cast and crew includes:

MAN IN CHAIR - Ronnie Loebker, senior computer science major from Ripley, Ohio (home school clearing house)

MRS. TOTTENDALE - Joanna Peters, junior human services (education) major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)

UNDERLING - Christian Wilson, junior digital design major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)

JANET - Denise Branthoover, senior nursing major from Murrysville, Pennsylvania (Franklin Regional High School)

ROBERT - Ed DiOrio, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Hunker, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)

GEORGE - Jonah Phillip, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Peters Township High School)

FELDZIEG - Matt Colaluca, senior environmental science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania  (Central Valley High School)

KITTY - Megan Cook, senior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania (Montour High School)

DROWSY CHAPERONE - Mandi Pascarella, junior Bible & ministry studies (children & youth) major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)

GANGSTER #1 - Cory Tretinik, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Clarksville, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)

GANGSTER #2 - Ian Bish, senior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Waynesburg Central High School)

ALDOLPHO - Thomas Faye, sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills High School)

TRIX - Holly Hendershot, sophomore communication (journalism) major from Manheim, Pennsylvania (home schooled)

SUPERINTENDANT/ENSEMBLE - Michelle Frye, senior advertising major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels High School)

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Elizabeth Nicodemus, junior sports management major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (North Hills High School)

Kristina Fisher, junior nursing major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)

Clare Rainone, freshman art major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Upper Saint Clair High School)

Damian Campbell, freshman forensic science major from Wellsburg, West Virginia (Brooke High School)

Matt Desrosiers, junior criminal justice administration major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania  (Waynesburg Central High School)

CHOREOGRAPHER - Tessa Masula, junior English (secondary education) major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory High School)

STAGE MANAGER - Tre Thomas, sophomore sociology (pre-law) major from Mill Hall, Pennsylvania (Central Mountain High School)

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Noelle Skoda, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Nottingham, Maryland (Eastern Technical High School)

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Sami Morad, freshman English (creative writing) major from Glassboro, New Jersey (Washington Township Board of Education)

For specific questions regarding the dinner theatre experience, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 724-852-3256.

For more information about the production, call 724-852-7638.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-15-Harris-art.pngSydney Harris, a senior art major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will open her senior art exhibition with a reception Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, which is open to the public, will be on display through Thursday, March 29.

Harris’ exhibit will showcase a variety of styles, including ceramic, jewelry, paintings, drawings and digital prints.

“It is an amazing feeling knowing that you have worked so hard for the past couple years to reach this point,” said Harris. “I am so proud to be able to show all of my hard work to the public [and] see how far I have truly come on this journey here at Waynesburg.”

Harris shared that her favorite work in the display is a series of pieces that combine glass with pottery. Pottery is one of her passions that she has been studying for many years.

“I learned from a past teacher about this technique where you melt glass into the pottery and it makes this crackle effect,” said Harris. “These pieces show my love for nature in its simplest forms.”

Harris gives much credit to her success and learning over the past few years at Waynesburg to her professors.

“They have been so supportive and without that kind of a positive environment, I cannot even imagine where I would be today as an artist,” she said. “I am proud to say that I am a part of this program and will always speak highly of it to others.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-852-3247.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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