POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant River Museum is teaming up with staff and actors affiliated with the University of Rio Grande to present “Welsh Neighbors.”
The production will be performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at the river museum. Admission is $5.
“Welsh Neighbors” is a reader’s theatre project comprised of stories and songs by area residents Evan Davis, Brooks Jones, Betty Jenkins (and many others) who recall and relate the deeds and the misdeeds of the Welsh-Americans, who immigrated to southeastern Ohio, and made their marks.
The show was first performed in Oak Hill, Ohio in December of 2011, and is scheduled for several performances in the near future. Every community can identify local characters who, by their behavior, inspire stories that linger for generations, according to the creators. Organizers say those who attend will find themselves joining the party and sharing the laughs. Staff from from the river museum say this will be an evening of authentic local humor as well as a chorus of young ladies who share Welsh music through the direction of Lisa Jones, actress and songwriter from Aberystwyth, Wales. This production is sponsored by the Madog Center for Welsh Studies at the University of Rio Grande.
Again, the type of production is in the style of Reader’s Theatre in which the actors do not memorize their lines. Rather, they sit/stand together on a stage and read through the script together. In Reader’s Theatre, actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, and intricate blocking.
The cast is comprised of 14 actors affiliated with the University of Rio Grande Theatre Program. Cast list: Lucia Colley, Rebecca Lipscomb, Mike DePue, Greg Miller. Welsh Girls’ Choir consists of: Lily Chevalier, Sahara Hollingshead, Alex Jonas, Sarah Lipscomb, Miriam Harley, Courtney Polcyn, Emily Polcyn.
To order tickets by phone call 304-674-0144 or purchase at door.