TWU Drama presents 'The Robber Bridegroom'
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18; 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19; 8 p.m. Friday, April 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
Due to adult themes and content, this play is not intended for audience members under the age of 12.
The Robber Bridegroom, written by Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman, is based on the Eudora Welty novel of the same name. Directed by TWU assistant professor Steven Young, the Bluegrass musical comedy tells the story of Jamie Lockhart — the “Bandit of the Wood” by night and a gentleman caller by day — as he tries to con a wealthy landowner and woo his lovely daughter at the same time. The tale begins with “Once upon the Natchez Trace,” and by the song’s conclusion, the modern day inhabitants of Rodney, Miss., transform into the colorful citizens of 1795 who inhabit the historical path. There’s Goat, the stupidest boy on the Trace; Salome, unchallenged in her ability to grow fingernails; Little Harp, who carries his brother Big Harp’s head in a trunk while singing “Two Heads are Better than One;” and Rosamund, who at any moment might be eaten by a panther.
The show features Hunter Balch, Averie Bell, Julia Bodiford, Logan Broker, Jonathan Bryant, Jonathan Charles, Ariana Cook, Ryan Davilla, Paul Engle, Rachel Fore, Emily Johns, Marygail Lakner, Celi Radillo, Rene Serradet, Shane Strawbridge and Jo’Von Wright. Set design is by Jeff Franks. Costume design is by TWU assistant professor of design Rhonda Gorman, and lighting design is by Nick Veenstra. Choreography is by Andrea Burghart, and Laurie Cosby is the vocal coach. Joe Pinson, TWU assistant clinical professor of music, serves as music director. Musicians are Rob Amberson, John Harvey, George Merritt, and Matthew Ogg. Katlyn Snader is the assistant director, and Brett Schmidt is stage manager, assisted by Elizabeth Blake and Christina Garcia.
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