Student-Directed Theatre Festival April 22-24 at Bethany

Student directors, playwrights and actors will share the spotlight during Bethany College’s 2010 Theatre Festival of Student-Directed Short Plays. The festival takes place April 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.

The devastating effects of stalking is at the core of “Not the Victim” written by Katie Mannebach, a senior theatre and communication arts major from Oakley, Kan. Directed by senior Brianna Kaiser, Hoisington, Kan., the drama features freshman Mackenzie Haas, Longmont, Colo., as Miranda; senior Adam Peterson, Alcester, S.D., as her good friend Travis; and sophomore Kaleb Feist, Salina, Kan., as Miranda’s former flame, Dylan.

In senior Rebecca Rose’s play “The Proposal,” Valentine’s Day marks the occasion for a husband and a wife’s return to the elegant restaurant in which they shared their first date. But, the evening holds surprises for each that will give new meaning to the old phrase that involves something about “best laid plans.” The characters, Laura and James, are played by sophomore Chelsea Kenyon, Iola, Kan., and sophomore Jordan Schwartz, Salina, Kan. Brian Wise, a freshman from Arlington, Texas, will direct this production.

The final production illustrates the complexities of family relationships. Sophomore Matt Allen’s play “Consensus,” directed by Mannebach, presents three siblings as they gather for the reading of the will of their recently deceased father by a longtime family friend, Father Walt. The will is anything but routine and reaching a consensus on one unique provision proves to be more of a problem than any of them had bargained. Brothers Brandon and Mark are played by sophomore Scott James, Burleson, Texas, and sophomore Tim Green, Washington Island, Wis., with freshman Marcy Erb, Moundridge, Kan., as their sister. Senior Gabe Moore, Oberlin, Kan., will play Father Walt.

Tickets are $7 at the door for general admission and free for Bethany College faculty, staff and students.