On Tuesday, April 11, the Radford University Dance and Theater Department put on a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The play was performed in Pridemore Playhouse and was directed by Wesley Young. The main male characters Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing were played by actors Christopher Phillips and Drew Callahan respectively. The main female characters Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew were played by actresses Alicia Sable and Megan Ward respectively. All the actors and actresses in the play, whether supporting or main, played their roles extremely well, drawing several laughs as a result of the comedic script as well as their natural acting abilities and charisma. The sets on stage were grand. At the end of the first act, the front part of the stage lowered (with one of the actors still purposefully on the stage and seated in a chair) and disappeared completely into the floor. Audience members were surprised if not delighted by this. The play was performed several more nights, from Thursday, April 13th through Saturday, April 15th.
Darkness devours my existence as a single flame casts finger-shaped animals on the shadow drenched walls. A community hollowed out by misfortune and a lack of identity takes shape in “The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek.” The characters came together to paint a haunting picture of two young souls trapped within their own emptiness. Dalton is arrested for the death of his reckless friend, Pace, and is forced to witness his life slowly spiral out of control in a series of flashbacks. The lights, staging, music and costumes add to the sense of despair throughout the play. My emotions entangled themselves in every scene, leaving me in a messy heap at the end. This unorthodox play is a roller coaster of passionate events.
Stories of love are often tragic, but not when you add lighthearted songs and provocative dances into the mix. This spring, Radford University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Dance and Theater put on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” a hilarious tale of a young man who falls in love with a courtesan next door in the house of Marcus Lycus and begs his slave, Pseudolus, to buy her for him in exchange for his freedom. Continue reading A Funny Thing Happened at RU