Upcoming theatre production provides comical reasons for not being in a play

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Upcoming theatre production provides comical reasons for not being in a play

April 6, 2016

The comedy theatre production “30 Reasons Not To Be in a Play” by Alan Haehnel will be presented in Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Herod Hall Auditorium Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m.

Admission is $5 for the general public, $3 for Northwestern employees and $1 for students with ID.

A description of the play reads: “Stage kisses, pinkeye, inciting World War II – these are only a few of the many things that can go wrong during the production of a play. From the author of '15 Reasons Not To Be in a Play,’ comes a full evening of the horrors and hardships that befall those who feel the call of the stage. In a series of hilarious examples, this play proves that drama can be a very dangerous thing, and it must be avoided at all costs.”

Kimberly Weast, MFA, professor of theatre arts, is the director of this production, and said she can relate to a number of the “reasons” provided by the characters for not wanting to be in a play.

“I relate most to the fear of hurting myself,” Weast said. “I actually have a finger that is a different shape due to the running of my finger through the weight system in high school. The pain I had should have taught me to stay away from backstage work, but it didn’t.

“I’ve had eye infections, cold sores and strep throat because of sharing brushes, lipstick and drinking after others,” Weast added. “There also is the constant fear of being judged – that is a great reason to not be in a play.”

Even with all of the reasons brought out in this production to not be in a play, Weast and many of those involved on and off stage, say they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“There is a sense of magic when one can create and be a part of a different world,” Weast said. “Then there is the excitement and responsibility when you know you are entertaining, educating and exposing others to wonderful stories and truths that can inspire and encourage them.”

Several people have been cast for this production who have taken on at least two roles each. Those who have been cast, in order of appearance, along with their hometown, classification and major or title are as follows:

Taylor Morris, Pacoima, California, junior, mass communications; Daniel Pacula, Alva junior, music-non-teaching; Tori Hurley, Sheffield, Iowa, sophomore, speech/theatre; Nicole Marema, McPherson, Kansas, junior, early childhood education; Charles Wylie, Ponca City senior, English education; Megan Metcalf, Enid freshman, psychology; Nicholas Wygle, Noble freshman, biology; Morgan Biaggi, Dalhart, Texas, senior, biology; Mickey Jordan, Iowa Park, Texas, junior, speech/theatre; Trenton Judd, Sapulpa senior, speech/theatre; Amanda Metcalf, Enid sophomore, instrumental music; Eddie Venegas, Woodward freshman, vocal music; ShyAnn Floyd, Skiatook freshman, speech/theatre; Zach Frische, Dalhart, Texas, senior, psychology; Tania Garcia, Laverne freshman, psychology; Irys Botta, Amorita junior, speech/theatre; Ashley Litke, Salina junior, music; Michelle Penner, Cherokee graduate student; Michael Collins, Hooker senior, mass communication; A.J. Bohlmann, Alva senior, instrumental music; Chance Mayhall, Ponca City junior, vocal music; Patrick Wilson, Northwestern Bookstore employee.

For more information on this production or the Northwestern theatre program, please contact Weast at (580) 327-8462 or kkweast@nwosu.edu.