Tech theatre program to present two plays in February

The Arkansas Tech University theatre program will offer its patrons two plays for the price of one during a three-day run of performances in February.

“Who’s That Ghoul?” and “Gypsy Rover” will be performed at 8 p.m. nightly from Feb. 12-14 in the Techionery Theatre, located on the Arkansas Tech campus at 1502 North El Paso Avenue in Russellville.

Tickets will be available at the door for $8 (general admission) and $5 (students with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card). No advance tickets will be sold.

“Who’s That Ghoul?” was written by Dr. David J. Eshelman, associate professor of communication and director of the theatre program at Arkansas Tech. Eshelman and Dr. Robert Vork, visiting lecturer of English, are directing the play.
Casey Chambliss of Batesville will play the role of the Ghoul.

Additional performers in “Ghoul” include Jenna Eggleton of Danville, Morgan Lunsford of Rison, Lindsey Manley of Mount Ida, James Reynolds of Russellville, Heymi Roman-Roman of Russellville and Jaye Young of Lepanto.

Eshelman describes “Who’s That Ghoul?” as a horror-comedy about an entomologist.

“She finds herself in the plot of a horror movie when she is bitten by a poisonous spider and faces certain death,” said Eshelman. “However, unlike in a horror movie, the Ghoul is a bumbler who is not good at his job.”

A Celtic romance about an aristocratic young woman who must choose between love and convention, “Gypsy Rover” was written by Arkansas Tech alumna Syrianna Linker. The performance of it Feb. 12-14 will be directed by Arkansas Tech senior Colton Holder of Paragould.

“As a new director, I find it exhilarating to be directing a new play,” said Holder. “Doing this is allowing me ultimate creative freedom. I am not limited by what has been done before, but instead I am setting that standard for future productions to follow.”

The cast of “Gypsy Rover” will include Jerry Anderson Jr. of Little Rock, Dylan Butterfield of El Dorado, Morgan Cheramie of Farmington, Sawyer Rentfro of Russellville and Christina Williams of Cabot. Jordan Taylor Graves of Mayflower will play the title role of the Rover.

As an added feature, all three nights of the spring productions will also include a monologue entitled “The All-Mother.” It was written by Kaycee Lefler of Clinton, a junior creative writing major. It will be performed by Caroline Bang Fredensborg of Roskilde, Denmark, and directed by Jenava Harris, technical director for the Arkansas Tech theatre program.

The design and technical crew for the productions includes RoseMarie Cook of Harrison, Sara Eagle of Redfield, Jesse Griffiths of Bella Vista, Sam Hoisington of Rogers, Glen Poole of Fort Smith, Rentfro, Steffany Rhame of Fayetteville, Jenn Terrell of Russellville, Williams and Austin Womack of Clarksville.

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