What do a nerdy superhero sidekick,
a faded Southern belle, a hitman and
a Texas rancher have in common?
Manchester’s New Student One-Acts!
Manchester College students will bring a Southern belle, a nerd, a
hitman and a
trigger-happy Texas rancher to the stage for the 2006 New Student
One-Acts. The four plays, all directed and performed by students, are
produced by the College chapter of the national theatre society, Alpha Psi Omega.
The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. each night in Wampler Auditorium,
Thursday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 18. Admission is $1 or a canned
good for the local food pantry.
Sophomore Jeffery A. Combs of Wabash will direct The Adventures of
Captain Neato-Man by Timothy Harris. The play is about a wacky nerd
who answers an employment ad and winds up in the clutches of a superhero
in need of a sidekick. The actors are first-year students Nicholas R.
Kenny of Fort Wayne, Tiffany M. Berkebile of Walkerton and hall director
Nick Marinello of Clinton Township, Mich.
Hippies, Housewives, and Watering Holes by D. M. Bocaz-Larson is
co-directed by juniors Amanda J. Patch of Otterbein and Fiona
Mills-Groninger of Whiting. This story is about an aging Texas rancher
prone to shooting to protect his watering hole, his quiet wife and a
hippie. The actors are first-year students Joshua D. Faudree of Fishers
and Rebecca M. Oren of Vandalia, Ohio.
third one-act, For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls by Christopher
Durang, is directed by sophomore Heidi L. Gonyea of Kokomo. In this parody
of The Glass Menagerie, a faded Southern belle tries to prepare
her hypochondriac son for the arrival an
overbearingly friendly female caller. The actors are first-year
students Casey E. Lambert of Chesterton, Heather A. Hostetler of
Nappanee, Cierra S. Kindy of Fort Wayne and Mikele F. Nicolazzo of
Sonny DeRee's Life Flashes Before His Eyes by Bill Bozzone is
directed by senior Jesse J. Reid of Richmond. The title character is
$9,000 in debt and awaits execution in a New Jersey hotel room at the
hands of a chainsaw-wielding hitman.