Bethany College to Present Comedy, Fantasy ‘Pilgrims’

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College Theatre is presenting the comedy and fantasy “Pilgrims” in Wailes Theatre of Steinman Hall on the College campus Oct. 24 through 26 at 8 p.m. and Pilgrims4.jpgOct. 27 at 2 p.m.

Set in the future, “Pilgrims” takes place during a time in which marriage has been forbidden, after it was discovered to cause breakdowns, insanity and object throwing. Instead, people renew their “coupling vows” every seven years, with a chance to call it quits through an escape clause.

Celia (Megan Lindley, Bentleyville, Pa.) is preparing to choose her coupling partner, with hopes it will be Mike (Rich Oliver, Chester, W.Va.). However, after studying ancient poetry, Mike has a different plan: He wants to marry Celia. He’s hoping to convince her to tie the knot – a big commitment, since it means they must leave the city and live in the wilderness. Persuading Celia is even more complicated with Drake (David Camacho, Corpus Christi, Texas) trying to sweep her off her feet as well.

The cast also includes Jordan Jones (Baltimore, Md.) as the female co-worker and makeup designer and John Vucich (Germany) as the male co-worker.

The director is Luke Hardt - Associate Professor of Theatre, Director of the Bethany College Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Thelma Collins (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is the assistant director.

Pilgrims2.jpgThe crew includes Ashlee Bex (Martins Ferry, Ohio), stage manager; Octavia Holton (Chicago, Ill.), box office and house manager; Alanna Hunter-Crump (Denver, Colo.), props and set construction; and Jayson Canter (Westerville, Ohio), costume designer and light board operator.

Technical Support includes Kiersten Conwell (Houston, Pa.), Aidan  Garvey (Wellsburg, W.Va.), Kvanna “Kiki” Diaz (Weirton, W.Va.), and  Darrell “DJ” Lesane (Lumberton, N.C.).

Admission is accepted through a monetary donation. The College is also accepting Christmas gifts and wrapping paper for children in need as part of a program through Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling.

For more information and tickets, call 304-829-7124.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.