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SC Campus Player to Present ‘The Fourposter’ on Saturday

In celebration of the 99th Campus Players season, the SC theatre department will present “The Fourposter” on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. 

Written by Jan de Hartog in 1951, “The Fourposter” won the Tony Award for best play in 1952. 

According to Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at Southwestern College, “The Fourposter” is a play about marriage. It’s a two-character comedy spanning 35 years from 1890 to 1925, as it focuses on the trials and tribulations, laughter and sorrow, and hopes and disappointments experienced by Agnes and Michael throughout their marriage. The set consists solely of their bedroom, dominated by the large fourposter bed in the center of the room. 

Among the couple's milestones are the first night of their marriage, the birth of their first child, Michael’s success as a writer, the trials of raising their son, their daughter's wedding, Michael and Agnes’ mid-life crisis, and their preparations to move to a smaller house and pass their home on to another newlywed couple.

The campus players will present “The Fourposter” as a one night-only reader’s theatre production with seven couples of readers embodying two characters as they age.  The cast includes current SC freshmen, seniors, and alumni from graduation years of 2017, ’16, ’12, ’97, ’92, ’73, ’72, and ’67.  Actors include current SC freshmen Hannah Breshears, Wichita, and Ryan Pangracs, Leavenworth; senior Allie Petrovich; Austin Davis ’16, Winfield; Jacob Marney ’17, Winfield; Lenita Krejci ’12, Enid, Okla.; Geoffrey Moon ’97 and Carman Costello Moon ’97, Santa Fe, N.M.; Jessica Callison Fisher ’92, Wichita; Lael Porter ’92, Winfield; Robbie Gilger Banks ’72, Winfield; Laban Moon ’73, Independence; Judy Martin Haynes’ 67, Andover; and James Christie ’67, Lago Vista, Texas, ’67.  

“The cast, Campus Players spanning 50 years, are working on the script individually, and will get together on Saturday morning of the SC Homecoming after the parade to rehearse their entrances, exits, and curtain call, and any necessary scenes,” Moon says.  “Each of the couples, some who played together on the old Richardson Hall stage 50 years ago and have not seen each other since, will rehearse as couples. They will then each then bring their talent together for this very special performance.” 

The production is being stage-managed by SC students Kaela Massey, Winfield, and Ryan Pangracs, and SC Campus Player alumna Kathy Hampson Baker ’75, Winfield.  

Tickets will be sold at the door or at the SC performing arts office and are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for students.  For more information or to reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720.

 

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