Readers' theatre group to perform works of local writers

PLAINVIEW - A group of Wayland Baptist University speech students will be spotlighting the work of local writers during a free performance slated for 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Harral Studio Theatre.

University Readers, composed of six students from speech department chair Virginia Myers' oral interpretation class, will be performing prose and poetry pieces in interpretive theatre style. The performance style features dramatic reading using scripts and relies heavily on vocal inflection and emotion.

According to Myers, the performance will feature works primarily from the Plainview Writers' Guild's 2002 anthology of poetry and prose, titled "Diamonds and Dust" and other pieces by area writers. Selections by Wayland student and performer Josh Davis will also be featured.

"We decided that it would be good to highlight our local writers and their work," Myers said. "We're trying to do more reader's theatre and get the word out that it's fun and enjoyable. The students chose these pieces and we're really excited about the work."

Writers to be featured for the evening include Davis, Bettye Givens, Billie Jameson, Cotton Lewis, Eleanor Howard Macewicz, Joe McWilliams, Colquitt Nash, T.J. Ticer, Eric Willard and Reb Willard.

Performers include Jenni Combs of Portales, Josh Davis of Bledsoe, Alfred Gomez of Hale Center, Britany Lewis of Borger, Kevin Parker of Plainview and Jason Smith of Lubbock. Set and lighting assistance is provided by WBU technical director Chris Moore and his crew.

Admission to the performance is free, but donations for the organization are welcome.