“Ramona Quimby,” a play based upon the iconic books written by Beverly Clearly, is running at the Patsy Miller Studio black box theatre Dec. 7-11. Set in the 1980s, the play is told from the perspective of Beezus, Ramona’s older sister.
“Peter Pan” closed less than a month ago. Finals are looming. This cast had to come together quickly for this production, yet they retain an amazing attitude.
Kendall Winship, cast member, says this is “a great learning experience” and that it is “teaching us to be professional.”
The play will include several firsts.
- It is the first play in UNW’s black box in a couple of years.
- Professor Tommy McCarthy is directing for the first time as a faculty director.
- Most of the the stage-management team is also new to their roles.
This cast has a special bond exemplifying friendship. They enjoy each other.
Lindsey Schmidt, who is playing Beezus, considers the cast as family. “This production has been so tight knit … they are so life-giving.” Some of the cast members can be found hanging out together half an hour before rehearsal just chilling. Kayla Mollenhauer, cast member, describes the group as “energetic, fun, and family.”
For the cast of “Ramona Quimby,” theatre is more than just a career or a hobby. Mollenhauer, feels that theater “brings people together.” She sees it contributing to UNW’s community by “creating joy and putting smiles on people’s faces.”
For Schmidt, theatre has an important purpose: “Storytelling is my biggest calling in life. I’ve never felt more close to God than when I’m performing for Him.”
But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself! Come out to “Ramona Quimby” this week.
A black box theatre creates a fun setting to get up close and personal to the production. Audience members are seated around the stage and feel immersed.
UNW students can get free rush tickets an hour before the show. Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.unwtickets.com/Online/default.asp