Student-Written Play to Kick Off Spring Theater Season
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 [8:36 PM]
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
"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
For more information about LWC's spring theater
season, contact Robert Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270)
Click here to hear Robert Brock talk about the
spring theater season.
Click here to hear Erika Finley discuss
Angles My Father Sent.
Clcik here to read about the
Father Sent cast.