Feb. 7, 2017
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WTAMU to Present House & Garden on Two Stages, One Cast
CANYON, Texas—It won’t be your typical theatre experience when West Texas A&M University presents its production of House & Garden this month in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex on campus.
The comedy, written by Alan Ayckbourn, is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 16-18. A 2:30 p.m. matinee will close out the production’s run on Feb. 19. House & Garden is not recommended for children.
The production, directed by Royal Brantley, Regents Professor of Theatre, is actually two plays, performed on two stages with the same cast. The only constant in the production is the audience—those in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre will see the House portion of the play, and the audience in the Branding Iron Theatre will see the Garden part of the play.
“This is an unprecedented theatre event for WT,” Brantley said. “The two plays take place simultaneously in our adjoining theatres with our characters walking off one set and onto the other throughout the production. Each play is a separate and complete theatre experience.”
House & Garden is set in an English country home, where the characters are busy preparing for an annual fete. It’s soon obvious that their efforts are for naught as marriages are in hilarious upheaval, young love abounds with awkward confusion, the domestic staff is in romantic chaos and a mysterious and devious politician arrives with unknown motives. Plus, the weather isn’t cooperating. Whether it’s in the studio theatre or the BIT, audience members will experience a comedy that explores everything from marriage and communication to politics and society.
Brantley is directing the production, John Landon, professor of theatre, is the technical director, Angel Garcia, senior theatre major from Amarillo, is the associate director, and Nikki Hawes, senior theatre major, is the assistant director. Tana Roberson, assistant professor of theatre, is the scenic designer, and Nik Peacock, scenic shop supervisor, is the production’s lighting designer. Costume designers are Anne Medlock-Ely, associate professor of theatre, (Garden) and Kaitlin Jones, graduate student from Amarillo and costume shop manager (House). Other staff members are Adam Whisman, sophomore technical theatre major from Keller, props master; Emilee Rottman, junior technical theatre major, sound designer; Grace Cammack, senior theatre education major, House stage manager; Caroline Meador, senior technical theatre major, Garden stage manager; and Lauren Turner, senior technical theatre major,wig and makeup designer.
Cast members for House & Garden are listed by hometown, classification, major and role.
Ian Avila, senior musical theatre major—Junior Bandsman/Maypole Dancer/The Boat
Shawn Oakley Farrar, junior theatre education major—Giles Mace, a doctor
Cheyenne Haynes, sophomore theatre major—Sally Platt, the daughter
Michael Hoy, junior theatre major—Warn Coucher, a gardener
Caitlin Izard, sophomore musical theatre major—Junior Bandsman/Maypole Dancer/Dinosaur
Sean Evan Jones, junior musical theatre major—Gavin Ryng-Mayne, a novelist
Olivia Rios, junior musical theatre major— Junior Bandsman/Maypole Dancer/Jellyfish
Jaysen Sanderson, sophomore musical theatre major—Junior Bandsman/Maypole Dancer/Mailbox
Channing Taylor, sophomore theatre major—Pearl Truce, an occasional cleaner
Dakota Brown, senior theatre major—Teddy Platt, a businessman
Sydney Buschmann, junior theatre major—Lindy Love, wife of the shopkeeper
Ryan T. Land, senior theatre major—Barry Love, a shopkeeper
Alyssa Lauderdale, sophomore theatre major— Junior Bandsman/Maypole Dancer/Flower
Jax Ebert, freshman theatre education major—Jake Mace, son of the doctor and teacher
Allison Simpson, senior theatre major—Joanna Mace, a teacher and wife to the doctor
Marlee Wall, junior theatre major—Lucille Cadeau, an actress
Becca Aycock, senior musical theater major— Junior Bandsman/Maypole Dancer/Snail
Kallie Scott, junior theatre major—Trish Platt, Teddy’s wife
ZZ Wright, junior theatre major—Fran Briggs, driver for the actress
Kendra Kukatnik, senior musical theatre major—Izzie Truce, a housekeeper
Tickets for the production are priced at $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $6 for the second play (proof of purchase required, Box Office only). Tickets can be purchased by calling the WTAMU Box Office at 806-651-2804 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at wtamu.edu/bitboxoffice.