The performance of the comedy “Dearly Beloved” is once again being performed by the Waynesburg University theatrical department as an encore. The weekend of Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, the first production of this show was performed and got such large crowds and wonderful feedback that a third performance has been scheduled for Sept. 30, the weekend of homecoming.
The show takes place in a small southern town, where a wedding is about to occur. The only problem; nothing can go right.
The show is directed by Professor of Theater Edward L. Powers, who is also celebrating this specific performance as his fiftieth show at Waynesburg University.
Powers had created a cast that is rather unusual to a typical college performance. Along with a few parts given to current students, several were given to alumni as old as ten years graduated.
“One reason for doing this as an encore performance on homecoming weekend is because we have five alumni in the show,” said Powers.
Powers and the cast are expecting a big turn out because of the intersection of homecoming events also taking place. Powers also said that this is the first encore performance he’s been a part of in his 17 years at Waynesburg.
“Because this was the milestone of my fiftieth and we had several alumni, the alumni affairs office and I decided that this would be a good thing to add to homecoming activities,” said Powers.
With a cast of alumni, students and community members, the total of only ten is quite small, but evidently big in terms of the success they have had with their original performances. One of the students involved in this play is junior Sadie Breon, who plays a supporting role. Breon is rather excited about putting on the show for a third time.
“My first play in high school was actually the sequel to ‘Dearly Beloved,”’ said Breon. “So now going back four years later, I’m really excited. You will be guaranteed to laugh.”
The dedication demonstrated by Breon, the cast and especially the alumni coming back shows why this play had so much success in early August. The encore performance will be presented Sept. 30 in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.