WLU players chosen for Kennedy Center honor

Alex Gordon portrayed Edgar Allen Poe in West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players’ production of “Poe: Master of the Macabre” during the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held recently in New Jersey. WLU’s Hilltop Players will have a one in eight chance of being selected to perform in April in front of a national audience. — Contributed

Alex Gordon portrayed Edgar Allen Poe in West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players’ production of “Poe: Master of the Macabre” during the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held recently in New Jersey. WLU’s Hilltop Players will have a one in eight chance of being selected to perform in April in front of a national audience. — Contributed

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players started the new year out in the spotlight as its production of “Poe: Master of the Macabre” was selected for performance at the Region 2 festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in New Jersey recently.

“This regional festival is the gateway to the national KCACTF festival in April. WLU will have a one in eight chance of being selected to perform for a national audience. Please join me in congratulating our wonderful students, staff and faculty in the theater program,” said Matthew D. Harder, interim dean of the college of arts and communication.

The eight invited productions were selected from a total of 66 eligible productions from the region. The Poe production was staged in October at WLU’s Kelly Theatre and is a new theatrical adaptation by playwright John Hardy.

The production has two casts — the Edgar cast and the Allan cast — which gives more students an opportunity to perform, according to Michael Aulick, theater director at WLU.

The Edgar cast includes Jedediah Shook, Callie Carroll, Brady Dunn, Carly Balog, Daniel White and Kobe Wade. The Allan cast includes Zac Morris, Alex Burdick, Alex Franke, Amanda Tamplen, Alex Gordon, Sarah Lemley and Grant VanCamp.

The festival wrapped up on Saturday.

Other schools invited to perform included Arcadia University, Community College of Baltimore County, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Montclair State University, Queensborough Community College, Richard Stockton University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

For information on the WLU theater department, visit the college of arts and communication website or call (30) 336-8006.

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