The Belhaven University Theater department presented Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” on February 18-20 and 24-27, 2010 in the Center for the Arts Blackbox Theatre. This classic comedy was directed by guest director John Maxwell, known the world over for his acclaimed one-man show, “Oh Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?”
Set in Victorian England, the story follows Jack and Algernon as they attempt to woo two young ladies, Gwendolyn and Cecily, who both believe they are destined to love a man called Earnest. The cast included Alex Freel as Jack, Scott Gaines as Algernon, Stephanie Bishop as Gwendolyn, and Cassie Marcellino as Cecily.
Following, in April Belhaven Theater presented T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral on the 15-17 and 21-24. This innovative production was directed by the Theatre Department Chair, Joseph Frost. Considered to be one of the greatest religious dramas ever written, Murder in the Cathedral tells the story of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, through the poetry of T.S. Eliot. The cast included Alex Quarterman as Thomas Becket, Marla Hershberger, Ashley Elizabeth Murray, Grace Varland, Mysie Falardeau as Tempters, and Scott Gaines, Becki Haynes, Danielle Davis, and Erin Brownfield as knights.