Theatre to perform 'The Glass Menagerie'

Henderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Tennessee Williams’ first great popular success, The Glass Menagerie, on Oct. 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, and 10. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the opening night performance.

In recognition of the 125th anniversary of Henderson State’s founding, the theatre program has selected a season of plays previously produced at the university. The Glass Menagerie appeared on the Henderson stage in May 1950, the final project of four senior students.

A description of the play published in the May 5, 1950, issue of the Oracle is still accurate: “The play is simple and poetic in nature, depending for its effect upon skillful characterization and smooth lighting effects. The Glass Menagerie has established Tennessee Williams as a potent force to be reckoned with in the further progress and development of dramatic art.” 

The cast of the current Henderson production includes: Zachery Ingersoll of Jacksonville; Joe Kalinowski of Searcy; Savannah Reynolds of Monticello; and Jordan Sereal of Little Rock.  The play is under the direction of Claudia A. Beach, director of theatre. Scenic and lighting designs are by Douglas Gilpin, professor of theatre; William Henshaw, professor of theatre, is costume designer; and sound design is by Beach and student Ben Perry of North Little Rock. Makeup and hair designer is Koty Mansfield of Benton, and stage manager is Stacey Johnson of Little Rock.

The HSU Theatre Box Office in Arkansas Hall is open for advance ticket sales from 1-4 p.m. All seats are reserved. Admission is $8, or free with an HSU student ID, courtesy of the Student Activities Board. Season tickets, which include admission to The Glass Menagerie, three additional main stage productions, and the Spring Dance Concert, may be purchased for $38.

For more information or reservations, call 870-230-5291, or e-mail theatre@hsu.edu.