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Student-Written Play to Kick Off Spring Theater Season

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 [8:36 PM]

 Angels My Father Sent Poster

COLUMBIA, Ky. --
A romantic comedy, a classic children's story and a student-written play about the Holocaust will highlight the spring theater season at Lindsey Wilson College.

 

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, the LWC Theatre Program will produce three plays in April: a musical adaptation of the children's classic book The Wind in the Willows; the romantic comedy Almost, Maine, by John Cariani; and the premier of Angels My Father Sent, which is written by Lindsey Wilson student Erika Finley of Hopkinsville, Ky.

 

Angels My Father Sent will open the spring season when it is performed April 9-11 and 13. Set in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Finley's moving play is the product of a playwriting class Robert taught last spring.

 

"I chose to produce it because I want to start doing that with student work, and also because it's a very strong and powerful play," Brock said. "It asks a lot from the actors because this play has never been performed. But it's very exciting to have the opportunity to produce a student play of this quality.

 

"It's a devastating, awful picture portrayed in this story, but what I love about this work is that Erika pulled no punches in this. This goes straight into the heart of darkness, and it's really powerful for all that."

 

In addition to being produced for for area audiences, Angels My Father Sent will be entered into the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, an annual national competition.

 

The public performance of The Wind in the Willows -- a musical adaptation of the children's classic by Kenneth Grahame -- will be 7 p.m. CT April 17. It will also be performed almost a dozen times during the day for area schoolchildren throughout the week of April 14.

 

"We're having a lot of fun with it in rehearsal," Brock said. "The music is pretty simple, but it's a very fun show, and schoolchildren will enjoy it."

 

Almost, Maine is a recent play that has become a favorite on college campuses and in regional theater. It will be performed April 23-25 and 27. Set in the fictional rural town of Almost, Maine, the story  explores love and loss in nine short plays.

 

"This has become a real popular play on college campuses, and audiences enjoy the way the story is told," Brock said.

 

This spring marks the fourth year Brock has been a member of the Lindsey Wilson faculty. When he came to the liberal arts college college, Lindsey Wilson did not have a bona fide performance theater, much less a theater program.

 

This year, the college will graduate its first theater majors. The program was given a permanent home in 2012 when the college's V.P. Henry Auditorium underwent a $200,000 renovation. And earlier this year, the program acquired the props, sets and costumes of the now-defunct Kentucky Repertory Theatre of Horse Cave.

 

"There's a lot of interest in the program -- it's really thriving," Brock said. "We had the largest number of students audition this spring. It's really exciting that people are hearing about us, and want to get involved with theater. And not all of them are theater majors. Some of them are nursing or education majors who want a more full liberal-arts experience by being involved with a high-quality college theater program, which is just as exciting."

 

For more information about LWC's spring theater season, contact Robert Brock at brockr@lindsey.edu or (270) 590-4803.

 

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Angles My Father Sent.

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