The Bethany College Theatre Department has been staging original student theatrical works since 2003, but this fall is the first time a student’s original play has been included as one of the two major theatre productions for the year. Sabrina Wollenberg’s play “A Girl Called Red” will be performed as the Fall Theatre Production on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burnett Performing Arts Center.
Wollenberg is a junior Communications/Theatre major from Hesston, Kansas. Her play began as a class project last year in the dramatic writing course taught by Professor Greg LeGault.
“She turned in a scene and then another and I asked if she would keep going,” LeGault said. “I kept reading as she turned scenes in and thought to myself we’ve got something here.”
The play is Wollenberg’s take on the “Little Red Riding Hood” fairy tale. The play asks the question, “if good people can go bad, is there good in the worst of all people?” According to LeGault, although based on the fairy tale, the play is not for children. Its themes deal with adult love and there is some adult language.
For Wollenberg, who is also directing the play, she hopes it represents everything that theater is meant to show an audience. “It’s a reflection of the extremes and little things we deal with as humans,” she said. “I hope it makes the audience feel and learn in ways that only a stage performance can provide.”
The cast, which includes students, faculty and community members consists of: Kayln Powers, Isaiah Fabrizius, Landon Slipke, Katie McCoy, Micah Herschler, Christian Cooper, Camereon Smith, Avery Holmes, Marcus Hensel, Noah Parks, Natalie Nelson, Amanda Barcus, Allison Waymire, and Dakota McKinsley.
There will be a “Talk Back” session after each performance where audience members can ask questions of the director/playwright as well as of cast members. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Bethany students, staff and faculty are admitted free with a school ID.