“The Crucible” Comes to the Hill

The WLU Hilltop Players proudly bring Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” to the stage.  Boasting a cast of talented students the Hilltop Players will delight audiences with this production. The Crucible By Arthur Miller Arthur Miller may be best know for Death of a Salesman, but some claim that there is no greater tragic protagonist than John Proctor.  This play focuses upon the effects of his affair with a young servant-girl on his family and community. The girl, Abigail Williams, maliciously accuses his wife of witchcraft causing her arrest and the destruction of a town. Proctor finally brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others. Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. “A powerful drama.” —NY Times. PRODUCTION DATES October 18-19; 25-27 at 7:30pm October 28 at 3:00pm Click Tickets to purchase tickets online.  To make a reservation, call 304.336.8277....

Enjoy A Musical Comedy Murder at the Kelly August 30-September 2

POSTED:  Aug. 23, 2012 – West Liberty University will open its theater season with a reprise of last spring’s production, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” this time with a mostly-alumni cast. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2 at Kelly Theatre and all performances are open to the public. Adjunct professor of theater John Hennen ’70 is the director of the comedy that promises to be a comic romp. Written by John Bishop, the play pokes fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday, as the cast untangles the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher.” Cast includes: faculty members Michael Aulick, Linda Cowan, and Melinda Kreisberg; current students Matt Dougherty and Kevin Hensley; alumni, Joshua Fromhart ‘04, Judith Hennen ‘73, Karissa Martin ’12, Melody Meadows ’91 and Gretchen Schneider ‘08. As the play opens, the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the “Stage Door Slasher”) assembles for a backer’s audition at the estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people (all diabolical). The infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. General admissions tickets are $10; students with I.D.s are $5. For reservations, please call the Hilltop Players box office at 304.336.8277....

NYC Theatrical Experience Adds Work Skills to WLU Theatre Education

West Liberty University took its show on the road this summer as Professor Michael Aulick and student Spencer Thomas were involved in the new musical, “Wh@If,” staged in New York City this July. “This was the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to direct a play at the Midtown International Theater Festival was unbelievable,” said Aulick, who has been with West Liberty for three years. Written by Wheeling playwright Jeremy Richter, the show revolves around a character named Jared Finn. Much of the action takes place in Jared’s head as he ponders what is happening behind the door of his fiancee’s home when he hears another man’s voice. “This is my first experience directing a New York production and it has allowed Spencer to get his first New York credit on his resume before he turned 23.  It was a huge element to add to his professional resume! He’s my first student in 15 years of teaching to get NYC experience while still a student,” added Aulick, who teaches acting and directing, as well as some of the theatre’s theory and criticism classes. A resident of Weirton, W.Va., Thomas is in his junior year at WLU and is a theater major. He was the sound and light designer for the musical and enjoyed the experience tremendously. “I learned things by doing that I couldn’t have learned in the classroom or working on school shows. The New York experience helped me to see how things work professionally. It was an invaluable experience,” he said. “Because it was a new show it was hard work but the audience seemed to enjoy...

Successful Opening Weekend Creates Interest in Second Week

The Hilltop Players’ production The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 entertained audiences on April 12 and 13 in the Kelly Theatre.  The Theatre program is  looking to have increased numbers for next weekend’s run (April 19-21 at 7:30pm and April 22 at 3:00pm). Several students asked their teacher if they could usher the entire run of the show because they wanted to come back every night.  If you like to laugh, then make sure you make reservations today. For reservations,...

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 leaves them laughing in the aisles

By John Bishop The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the “Stage Door Slasher”) assembles for a backer’s audition at the estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people (all diabolical). The infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. The team prepares the audition during a blizzard that cuts off any possible retreat as bodies start to drop, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions.  This murder mystery will keep you guessing while you’re laughing. DATES: April 12-13 and 19-21 at 7:30pm April 22 at 3:00pm TICKETS: $10 – General Admission; $5 – Student To make a reservation, call 304.336.8277....

Hilltop Players to perform “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”

By John Bishop The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the “Stage Door Slasher”) assembles for a backer’s audition at the estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people (all diabolical). The infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. The team prepares the audition during a blizzard that cuts off any possible retreat as bodies start to drop, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions.  This murder mystery will keep you guessing while you’re laughing. DATES: April 12-13 and 19-21 at 7:30pm April 22 at 3:00pm TICKETS: $10 – General Admission; $5 – Student To make a reservation, call...