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23Apr/140

Perfect Wedding

Mark your calendars! This weekend is WWU's last mainstage show of the year, a hilarious production titled "Perfect Wedding." This show holds a special place in my heart - partly because it's absolutely ridiculous and I love funny shows, but mainly because this is the last mainstage play of my college career. (Wait, what?!)

perfect wedding

The Plot:

A fun shot of Bethany Elliot in rehearsal!

A fun shot of Bethany Elliot in rehearsal!

"An appalling situation. A bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite, with his bride-to-be about to arrive any moment, and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. Worse -... during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives and the girl is trapped in the bathroom. The only way out of the dilemma is to persuade the best man to pretend that the hidden girl is his girl-friend. Then the problem is that the best man’s real girl-friend has to be kept ignorant of the fact. By the time the bride's parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches nuclear proportions!"  (Plot taken from the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1426261357625036/)

 

The Details: perfect 2

Performance dates are Thurs-Sat, April 24-26 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 pm in Cutlip Auditorium (also commonly known as "the Dome").  Ticket prices are as follows: Adults - $12, Seniors - $10, Faculty/Staff - $8, Students - $7, and Children ages 6-12 - $6. You can buy tickets at the door, order them online at www.showtix4u.com, or you can call the box office at (573) 592-4267.

WWU students: this is a 2 point LEAD event!

The Cast:

A sneak peek of everyone in costume! ;)

A sneak peek of everyone in costume! ;)

The show features a broad range of talent. I will be joined onstage by Jen Steindorf (senior), Kelly Kottemann (senior), T.J. Green (junior), Zachary Likens (freshman), and Bethany Elliot (high school junior). The interpreters (see below) are Maggie Hunter (senior) and Darian Lightfoot (senior).

 

This is going to be a great show. Thursday and Friday nights, the cast will be joined onstage by two shadow interpreters, so you'll get to see the show both in English and American Sign Language if you come on those nights. :) I hope to see each every one of you there!

 

16Oct/130

The Glorious Ones!

Actors Joe Merlotti and Melissa Williams
Actors Joe Merlotti and Melissa Williams

This last weekend, the William Woods University Theatre Department performed their first mainstage show of the year, a musical titled The Glorious Ones. The show told the story of a 17th-century commedia dell’arte theatre group. Commedia dell’arte is an old, comedic style of theatre in which the actors improvise almost all of their lines!

Actors Stephen Chamineak (left) and T.J. Green (right)
Actors Stephen Chamineak (left) and T.J. Green (right)

 The Glorious Ones featured a cast of seven students: Stephen Chamineak (senior), T.J. Green (junior), Maggie Hunter (senior), Melissa Williams (sophomore), Joe Merlotti (junior), Julia Carney (freshman), and Michael Dodson (graduate assistant). At first I wasn’t quite sure what to expect because this cast was significantly smaller than any of the other musicals I’ve seen at William Woods, but I ended up loving the smaller dynamic. Each actor had his/her own solo song and played an integral part of the story. In my opinion, giving every single member in the cast a chance to shine in his or her own right really strengthened the entire performance.

Actors Maggie Hunter and Michael Dodson
Actors Maggie Hunter and Michael Dodson

 I began my career at William Woods as a theatre major, but eventually I discovered my love of communications and switched my main focus. I kept theatre as my minor, though, and I still participate in as many shows as I can. I have had to skip a few productions here and there when my communications classes kept me too busy, but until now I have always made time for the musicals. This year, I couldn’t audition because I’m not living in Fulton. (I’m back at The Lake of the Ozarks this semester to work on my internships.) I have to admit, it felt VERY weird to sit in the audience and watch while my fellow theatre students sang and danced up onstage! I’m definitely looking forward to walking the boards with them again when I come back next semester!

Actors Stephen Chamineak and Julia Carney
Actors Stephen Chamineak and Julia Carney