Category Archives: Department of Music and Theater

Hilltop Players kick off new season tonight with ‘The Miracle Worker’

By Hanna Perry and Macy Santicola, Contributing Writer and Advertising Manager
West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players kick off their 2018-2019 season tonight, Oct. 18, with “The Miracle Worker,” a historical classic which first debuted in 1959.

Greco named director of percussion, world music

By Emily Salvatori, Editor
Mitchell Greco arrived at West Liberty University in the fall, bringing with him knowledge of world music. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Greco did his schooling in Buffalo, N.Y., Cleveland, Ohio and Western, N.C. before coming to West Virginia five years ago.  
Recently, he was named director of percussion and world music at WLU, and soon he will direct the drum line when the marching band returns this fall.

‘Hope and Gravity’ provides a unique experience 

By Daniel Morgan, Editor

“Hope and Gravity” was not what I expected it to be as the Hilltop Players pieced together a story far more interesting than what I had in mind. From beginning to end (or middle to end to beginning?) the cast had me hooked on a funny, serious tale of both hope and gravity, literally and figuratively. 

‘Poe Master of the Macabre’ brings mystery and fear to Kelly Theatre

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

The stage plunged into darkness, and even when the lights were back on, the grim feeling remained. Edgar Allan Poe truly was master of the macabre.

The Life of Poe became the main story arc that united three of his works: William Wilson, The Telltale Heart and The Pit and The Pendulum. Adapted by playwright John Hardy, the production combined the classic stories with an experimental staging.

‘Poe: Master of the Macabre’ opens tonight in Kelly Theatre

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

Kelly Theatre will get spooky as WLU students are about to present a new production Poe: Master of the Macabre. The play opens tonight, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Students battle time, sleep deprivation in ’48 Hour Film Festival’ (Review)

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

On Sunday, September 18th, West Liberty students and professors alike gathered at the Marquee Cinemas in the Highlands to see the results of this year’s Second Annual 48 Hour Film Festival. With the salty smell of popcorn in the air amidst aspiring creative minds, nearly every theater seat was filled for the event.

College of Arts and Communications plan for exciting semester

By Megan Jones, Advertising Manager

The College of Arts and Communication has a vibrant lineup of activities this Fall. The college is made up of art, theater, music performance, broadcasting, journalism, graphic design, music technology, directing, and more programs.

John Hardy brings one-man play ‘Rattlesnake’ to Kelly Theater

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

Kelly Theater’s 2016 season continued with Rattlesnake on Thursday, September the 8th. Rattlesnake is a one man play, written and performed by John Hardy. The play centers on Sherman Trent, a Texan who wants nothing more in life to be a father, as he is continuously turned down throughout his life by women and adoption agencies alike.

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.

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