Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School, in Association with ShenanArts, to Present Winter Play Festival of Three Shows, Jan. 22-25
Breaking barriers and conquering new frontiers are themes uniting the three plays to be presented later this month by the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School Theatre Department. Anatomy of Gray, The Good Fight, and Decision Height will run in repertory January 22-25 at ShenanArts’ nTelos Theater. The three shows feature over 30 student actors and technicians from all seven Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro high schools.
Performances run as follows: Anatomy of Gray – Jan. 22 at 7:00 PM and Jan. 24 at 3:00 PM
The Good Fight – Jan. 23 at 7:00 PM and Jan. 25 at 3:00 PM
Decision Height – Jan. 24 and 25 at 7:00 PM
Tickets are $10 for all seats, or any combination of three performances for $20. For tickets, please visit www.ShenanArts.org. Tickets are also available at the door.
Anatomy of Gray, by Jim Leonard, is a unique coming-of-age story that deals with death, loss, love, and healing. When June’s father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, Indiana, so that no one will ever suffer again. Seemingly her prayers are answered when there’s a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town’s preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. As June works alongside the new doctor to prevent the spread of the plague, she discovers her own skill at healing. Directed by guest artist Diane Cale Stewart, The Anatomy of Gray features Audrey Wood as June and Christian Marshall as Galen Gray and also includes Rachel Dixon, Marie Gilbert, Michael Griffith, Darby Lucius-Milliman, Morgan Thomas, Collin Wheeler, and Patrick Wilkins. Joe Evans is serving as the show’s stage manager. The SVGS Theatre Department wishes to thank Shenandoah Valley Kiwanis for its generous support of this production.
Guest artist and SVGS alumnus Aaron Crosby is directing the Virginia-state premiere of The Good Fight, by Anne Bertram. The Good Fight tells the true story of Grace Roe, an early-twentieth-century English women’s suffrage activist, who organized and trained women in martial arts to protect the leaders of the militant suffrage movement. Angela Bailey will be playing Grace Roe, and the ensemble includes Jordan Ballew, Clarice Ellinger, Lauren Ernst, Luther Fields, Mackenzie Griffith, Ian Gruber, Max Hamlyn, Michael Hawes, Jordan Huffer, Abbey Kincheloe, Savannah Lunger, Courtney Ott, Nick Shearman, Elle Wood, and production stage manager Megan Pelaccio.
Decision Height, by Meredith Dana Levy, follows the journey of Virginia Hascall, who has left her home and her fiancé in the hopes of becoming a Women’s Airforce Service Pilot. Along with her fellow trainees, Virginia arrives at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas to do her part to help the Allies in the Second World War. Through triumph and tragedy, the women form a sisterhood that cannot be broken. Under the direction of Cassy Maxton-Whitacre, Decision Height features Sam Hart as Virginia. Chelsie Burks, Alyssa Cannaday, Katarina Capaldi, Rachel Joy Mason, Kylie Nabers, Leara Shumate, Emily Thompson, and Sophie Wellington make up the rest of the nine-woman ensemble and bring to life this story of lesser-known WWII heroes. Decision Height is the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival award for Best New Play, and this production will be the high school premiere.
All three shows are recommended for ages 12 and up. The productions include set design by Jennifer Vaughan, lighting design by Mike Conner and Jennifer Vaughan, and costume design by Dawn Davis, Kate Delaney, Susan Polly, and Susan Vass.
Anatomy of Gray and Decision Height are presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The Good Fight is presented by special arrangement with Anne Bertram.
Photo credit: Sam Hart.