The Secret in the Wings

The Secret in the Wings, by Mary Zimmerman, is a production that adapts to a group of lesser- known fairy tales to create a theatrical work filled with dark mystery. In the Secret in the Wings, a babysitter reads from a book about the characters in each of the tales. As they read, the characters appear with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment before giving way to the next one. Costumes, props, sets, and lighting are used to create images and feelings that render the fairy tales in all their elemental and enduring power. The 2018 showings will be from November 29-30 at 7:30 pm, December 6-8 at 7:30 pm, and December 9 at 3:00 pm.

This production will be entered into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Studio-Lab “Comedy Tonight”

Theatre majors under the direction/mentoring of John Hennen will perform a collection of scenes (possibly linked by theme or style). Projects will focus on acting technique and will allow the theatre major to select a role that challenges them to become better artists. The showings will be on December 18 at 3:00 pm and from February 14-17 at 7:30 pm.

The Miracle Worker

This production is an onstage performance by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. It tells the classic story of Annie Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, who is blind and mute. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Helen is very violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and gets treated as such by her family; this productions shows what it is like for her to be in her secret, silent world being unable to communicate. Only Annie realizes that Helen is in need of being rescued from the life she is living. The 2018 dates of this production run from October 18-20 at 7:30 pm, October 25-27 at 7:30 pm, and October 28 at 3:00 pm.

 

 

Hilltop Player signs Off-Broadway Contract

Wheeling resident Michael Blatzer, a 2016 graduate of West Liberty University, is living his dream in New York City as one of the costumers for the new play, “Party Face,” starring Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA Award-winning actress Hayley Mills, of “Pollyanna” and “The Parent Trap” fame.

“It’s mind blowing, I just turned 24 and I’m making an off-Broadway debut. It’s a little surreal,” said Blatzer, who is from Martinsburg and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilltop Player signs Off-Broadway Contract

 

Wheeling resident Michael Blatzer, a 2016 graduate of West Liberty University, is living his dream in New York City as one of the costumers for the new play, “Party Face,” starring Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA Award-winning actress Hayley Mills, of “Pollyanna” and “The Parent Trap” fame.

“It’s mind blowing, I just turned 24 and I’m making an off-Broadway debut. It’s a little surreal,” said Blatzer, who is from Martinsburg and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilltop Player signs Off-Broadway Contract

Wheeling resident Michael Blatzer, a 2016 graduate of West Liberty University, is living his dream in New York City as one of the costumers for the new play, “Party Face,” starring Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA Award-winning actress Hayley Mills, of “Pollyanna” and “The Parent Trap” fame.

“It’s mind blowing, I just turned 24 and I’m making an off-Broadway debut. It’s a little surreal,” said Blatzer, who is from Martinsburg and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Premiere of 18 Victoria

 

Cody Daigle-Orians’ play will receive it’s first ever production at WLU Theatre.

In a trio of interlocking monologues, 18 VICTORIA tells the story of three siblings Ben, Catherine and Stephen who are struggling to piece together their broken family relationship in the wake of their fathers untimely death. But a larger crisis looms. 18 Victoria, an asteroid the size of a few city blocks, is on a trajectory to collide with Earth and will cause an extinction event on the scale of the one that killed the dinosaurs. As they share their stories of facing the last days of the human race, they also grapple with memories of their father, a troubled childhood, and their shared inability to connect as adults. In an apocalyptic present, its the wreckage of the past that endures.

 

Poe: Master of the Macabre wins National Awards

 

 

 

 

Poe: Master of the Macabre receives Kennedy Center Honors:

Distinguished Production, Distinguished Ensemble, Distinguished Director, Distinguished Actor (J. Shook), Distinguished Lighting Design (A. Franke), Distinguished Sound Design (B. Dunn) Distinguished Design (A. Franke, M. Storms, B.Dunn, M.Lash)

 

Cemetery Walk

The Hilltop Players took part in a "Cemetery Walk" this past Saturday at the Old Cemetery in West Liberty as part of the events during the West Liberty Festival. Eleven actors standing by the graves of the individuals that they portrayed talked to the audience about...

The Miracle Worker kicks off Ambitious Season

The Hilltop Players begin their 2018-2019 with William Gibson's classic THE MIRACLE WORKER. "Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness,...

Hilltop Player sews up Off-Broadway Contract

ARTICLE FROM THE WHEELING INTELLIGENCER Wheeling resident Michael Blatzer, a 2016 graduate of West Liberty University, is living his dream in New York City as one of the costumers for the new play, “Party Face,” starring Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA...

Theater @ West Liberty

The WLU Theatre Program is part of the university’s College of Arts and Communication.  As part of the Department of Music and Theatre, the program has two full-time faculty, two adjunct faculty, and numerous staff/contracted artists.  The program currently offers one degree: a B.S. in Communication: Theatre.  However the faculty have been developing the program to be able to offer multiple degree seeking options, including a B.A. in Theatre (with areas of emphasis) and a B.A. in Theatre Education.  In addition to offering the coursework needed for graduation, the program maintains an aggressive production season.  The Hilltop Players typically produce four to five main stage productions a year with opportunities for students to participate in a touring children’s theatre company and student-directed performances.  The season is chosen to offer a variety of ‘styles’ of shows giving our students the chance to be well-rounded artists, regularly performing contemporary dramas, comedies, classics, musicals, holiday extravaganzas, and children’s theatre.

Our Mission Statement

We strive to provide our students with an outstanding undergraduate education in theatre that is necessary to make the transition into a course of graduate study or entry-level position in a professional theatre.

Our Approach to Productions

The West Liberty University Theatre Program is committed to providing a variety of opportunities to our students in performance, believing that a well-rounded artist is more prepared to enter the world of professional theatre or graduate studies.  Many hours go into looking for the best projects for our students, the productions that will challenge them to grow and blossom as artists, and decisions are based on their ‘needs’ rather than the faculty’s ‘wants’.  We are a STUDENT-FOCUSED theatre program.