BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Theatre Department will present a “tenuous, brittle, iridescent and delightfully daring” evening at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 through March 2 in Maxwell’s with their production of “Noel & Gertie” by Sheridan Morley.
The production focuses on Noel Coward, a famous actor, playwright and composer, played by Andrew Ferguson, and Gertrude Lawrence, a celebrated actress in musical theatre, played by guest artist Kim Douglass. A combination of icons, the work is a depiction of their plays and lifelong, plutonic love for each other.
Performing in Maxwell’s eschews the traditional theatre setting in favor of a cabaret style atmosphere. This will be an evening of throwback elegance which extends from the stage to audience and aims to unify actor and attendee. As such, attendees are encouraged to dress in semi-formal attire. A complimentary faux cocktail will be offered to those who do.
“Noel & Gertie” is the culmination of Ferguson’s senior project. Majoring in theatre with a minor in music, this is his eleventh time performing with the Bethany College Theatre. This is Ferguson’s capstone experience and a chance for him to demonstrate the breadth of skills he has learned in his major.
The performance will also feature guest artist Douglass, who grew up in Bethany and has performed in more than 30 shows at the Brooke Hills Playhouse in addition to her work as a private voice and piano teacher and elementary music teacher within Brooke County Schools. Her father was Jim Allison, a beloved professor at Bethany College who taught math for 36 years.
Luke Hardt, associate professor of theatre and chair of the department of visual and performing arts, is the director of the play. Judy Allison, Douglass’s mother who was a nurse at Bethany College for 30 years, will serve as the evening’s pianist. Alumnus Evan Oslund ‘11 will be the stage manager and David Rudari, associate professor of music and director of the college choir, will serve as musical adviser. Refreshments will be provided by Alpha Psi Omega, the college’s theatre honorary society.
Admission for the show is free but donations are appreciated. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve a seat for the show, call 304.829.7124.