Theatre to show off talents with short plays, musical numbers

Wayland Baptist University students will put their talents on display during five performances of Shorts and the City in coming weekends.

The production features five short plays, interspersed with musical numbers from Broadway musicals both old and new. Theatre students serve as directors, actors, set designers and technical crew for the production, with theatre director Dr. Marti Runnels overseeing the effort. Senior theatre major Tisa Whitfill will be directing the musical portions of the production as her practicum project.

The five short plays include Time Out by Ken Dashow, directed by senior Lori Stanley. The comic play involves a basketball game in which a typical bench-rider waits for his big chance to get in the game. Actors include Chris Moore, Richard Conner and Billy Boone.

The second feature is Sunday Go to Meetin' by Shirley Lauro, directed by senior Brandon Campanella. This drama involves two girls who skip church on Sunday to visit a Jewish woman selling apples. Actors include Jennifer Rutherford, Milea Simpson and Liz Smith.

Directed by Tisa Whitfill, E. H. Wasserman's Outlaws is a comedy about two groups of Old West outlaws involved in a battle of smarts to get the loot. Actors involved are Teresa Moore, Richard Conner, Israel Cansino, Cim Lattin and Lori Stanley.

Desi Pharis will direct Two-Part Invention by Michael Hollinger, a comedy about a salesman trying to convince another man to purchase his new product. Actors include Brandon Campanella and Jason DeGray.

The final play is Downtown by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Teresa Moore. This comic piece deals with three aspiring artists who are quick to criticize other artists but who are themselves struggling to make it big. Actors involved are Patrick Whitfill, Desi Pharis and Jennifer Riley.

Musical numbers will be presented between plays. Featured songs are "Another Hundred People" from Company, performed by the full company; "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago; "Brotherhood of Man" from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; "Old Fashion Wedding" from Annie Get Your Gun; "Stepsisters Lament" from Cinderella; and "Heart" from Damn Yankees.

Shorts and the City will be performed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 in Harral Studio Theatre on the Plainview campus. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students. Individuals bringing a grocery sack of non-perishable foods to be donated to Faith in Sharing House will receive half-price admission.

The Nov. 23 performance will feature former Wayland students performing numbers from past WBU musicals, in conjunction with other Wayland homecoming activities. Admission during homecoming is $4 for alumni.

To make reservations for the production, contact the box office at 291-1089.