Daily Archives: September 8, 2016

Hilltop Players bring new and classic tales to Kelly Theater

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

This semester’s theater season is already off to a terrific start with John Sherwood’s Ramayana – Past in Present. Ramayana, which was penned by a West Liberty University student, is just the first in what promises to be an excellent and eclectic season of shows. In fact Ramayana is outside of the rest of the season; an added ‘bonus’ performance as a special treat for West Liberty and the surrounding community.

Student Playwright John Sherwood Reflects on his life and ‘Ramayana’

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

West Liberty’s John Sherwood has just finished the inaugural production of his first musical, Ramayana – Past in Present. John composed the libretto and the music for the piece himself, with the help of Drs. Melinda Kreisberg (director), Linda Cowan, Matthew Harder, Gerald Lee, and Professor of Theater, Michael Aulick.

The play has been in rehearsals since mid-summer with the cast and production crew all taking time from their lives to devote to the work.  With no precedent for how Ramayana should be staged, what the community saw over the weekend is a true West Liberty original.