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The Lycoming College Theatre Department will present John Olive's "The Voice of the Prairie" at the Mary L. Welch Theatre Feb. 18-19 and 24-26 at 8 p.m.
"Featuring four actors playing multiple roles, 'The Voice of the Prairie' is a whirlwind adventure through rural America," says director and instructor of theatre Grechen Lynne Wingerter. "The play captures the spirit of adventure, the excitement of first love and the need for human connection in a rapidly expanding world."
Told through flashbacks, the story travels back and forth between 1895 and 1923, when pre-Depression radio was in its infancy and tiny broadcasting stations dotted the Midwest. Hucksters and con-artists could take advantage of country people, selling snake-oil medications and anything else they could imagine. A young Davey Quinn, along with his grandfather, are the "voices of the prairie," traveling from one saloon to another sharing stories and tales of the country. While reminiscing years later, Quinn is discovered by a radio entrepreneur who takes the story-teller out of Nebraska and puts him on the radio. Quinn soon wins the hearts of Americans with tales of his adolescence, early adventure and young love.
Cast members include Molly Collier, a sophomore theatre and art major from Cranford, N.J.; Thomas Robinson, a junior business major from Rumson, N.J.; Jesse Shade, a junior theatre major from Woolrich, Pa.; and Joshua Troxler, a junior art major residing in Williamsport.
"Dinner and a Show" is scheduled for opening night on Friday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jane Shultz Room, Wertz Student Center. The meal includes vegetable soup, braised short ribs with potatoes and apples, asparagus and Kentucky Derby pie. Advanced reservations are required.
For ticket reservations, contact the Mary L. Welch Theatre Box Office at 570-321-4048.