Morality in the theater


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The theatre program is preparing for a tale about redemption with “Everyman: A Modern English Version” by William B. Strickland.

The play is directed by Chad Winters, instructor of acting and directing, and will be performed at the Vonnie Borden Theatre from April 9-12 at 7:30 p.m.

Winters expressed what the audience can expect from the play.

“’Everyman’ is a morality play that examines the question of Christian salvation,” said Winters. “We witness Everyman’s journey to salvation as he seeks others to help him on his journey to the afterlife. Along the way, he meets allegorical characters like Friendship, Goods and others who represent humanity. On his journey, he learns that only his Good Deeds will help him get to heaven.”

The play can appeal to any type of audience. However, Winters feels that it may interest individuals who practice any form of religion.

The actors have been working to understand the characters and portray them properly on the stage.

“We have been practicing and rehearsing for the play since right after Mardi Gras,” explained Winters. “We will have rehearsed for four weeks by the time the play opens.”

Claire Bechac, a sophomore communication major, was surprised when she learned she got the role of Everyman.

Although she has been acting since she was 3 years old, Bechac is involved in more aspects of the play than just acting.

“I work in the costume shop, and it’s cool to see the behind the scenes as well as being on the stage, and you see how much talent this department has to offer,” shared Bechac.

Bechac feels that the audience will be impressed by the acting as well as all other aspects such as lighting, costumes and stage props. She shared her favorite part of the play.

“The revel of each character is my favorite because they are all unique in their own way,” commented Bechac.

Tickets for the play can be picked up two weeks prior to the show’s premier. The box office will be open from 6:30-7:30 p.m. before each performance.

General admission will be $15. For seniors and non-university students, tickets are $10, and university students are free with their identification.