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The Lycoming College Theatre Department will present Brandon Thomas' "Charley's Aunt" April 11-14 at 8 p.m. in the College's Mary L. Welch Theatre. The play is recommended for general audiences.
"Charley's Aunt" is the story of Oxford pals Jack and Charley. The friends invite their two love interests to meet Charley's wealthy aunt from Brazil. When she cancels at the last minute, the men are thrown into calamity. Charley convinces another feckless friend to pose as his absent aunt, and a classic comic confusion ensues.
Grechen Lynne Wingerter, adjunct instructor of theatre, will direct the production. Cast members include Lycoming students Tobias Anderson of Watsontown, Pa.; Taylor Anspach of Milton, Pa.; Nathan Bahn of Abbottstown, Pa.; Sarah Beddingfield of Colorado City, Texas; Taylor Granger of Wernersville, Pa.; Chase Mack of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Krista Peterson of Dewart, Pa.; Tom Robinson of Rumson, N.J.; and Jesse Shade of Woolrich, Pa.; as well as local talent Diane Robertson.
The production was slated to be directed by Jerry Allen, former associate professor of theatre. Allen passed away unexpectedly Jan. 17, 2012.
"'Charley's Aunt' was one of Jerry's favorite plays," said Dr. N.J. Stanley, associate professor and chair of the theatre department. "He directed it here at Lycoming in 1990 and was really excited about bringing it to our stage again. We thought it only fitting to dedicate this production to Jerry, whose spirit is still everywhere in the department."
Tickets can be purchased at the Mary L. Welch Theatre box office, or by calling 570-321-4048. The box office is open weekdays from 1-4 p.m. and beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evenings of the performances.
A special "Dinner and a Show" package is scheduled for Friday, April 13. Tickets are $18 per person and must be reserved in advance. Those with advance tickets will enjoy a themed, pre-show dinner in the College's Jane Shultz Room.
For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu/theatre.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.