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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. 

 The 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 Warminster, Pa.

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. 

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Nov. 16, 17, 18

7:30 p.m.

Wampler Auditorium


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