Wilkes University Theatre set to take the stage

Autsin Ely, Staff Writer

Wilkes University theatre will debut two differing performances this spring that are expected to draw in crowds with an array of interests.
Wilkes University Theatre will first be performing in “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”. This show can be seen as an artistic combination of the hit Comedy Central television series’, “South Park” met with the dramatic elements of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”.
“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” will be showing on February 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 P.M. and February 15 and 22 at 2 P.M. at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The musical is directed by Jon Liebetrau accompanied with musical direction by Ken McGraw and choreography by Sean Harris. The show is based off the book by Betsy Kelso.
The scene is set in Florida at a trailer park named Armadillo Acres. The plot centers on a couple together for twenty years who are troubled when a stripper named Pippi arrives. The husband, Norbert, and Pippi have an affair which leaves both to deal with the outcome. Hilarity is sure to ensue for those in the audience.
For those who prefer more traditional performances, the Wilkes University Theatre will also be performing something that may sound familiar to audiences of all ages. For those familiar with the phrase “release the jabberwocky” or falling down rabbit holes to explore new worlds of wonder and interest, the showing of “Alice in Wonderland” is sure to peak your interest. Wilkes University will be performing “Alice in Wonderland” from April 9 through April 12.
Junior Shaun Pierre said, “I am cast as the Mad Hatter, among other roles in the straight show, ‘Alice in Wonderland’. I am excited by the buzz generated within our own department with the methods we are using.”
This Lewis Carroll classic will be based on the version made famous by The Manhattan Project and directed by Teresa Fallon. In this version, Alice finds herself in a wondrous, dark and troubled environment. Creatures such as the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the King and Queen of Hearts and even the Mad Hatter join Alice in this world of chaos.
Fallon, the performance director, anticipates a positive turn out for both performances. “Wilkes University Theatre is excited to offer these plays for the entertainment of the Wilkes Community,” said Fallon.
Students and faculty can witness these performances for free upon showing their college I.D. Students without an I.D. will be charged $5, while adults without an I.D. will be charged $10.