HSU Theatre production starts Nov. 12

Henderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of A.R. Gurney’s warm-hearted and gently humorous play What I Did Last Summer. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, and 21. A reception will follow the opening night performance.

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of Henderson, the theatre program has selected a season of plays previously produced at the university. What I Did Last Summer was produced as a Summer Repertory Theatre production in 1988. It is described as “warm, touching and humorous, with something to say about the conflict between materialism and idealism which is so basic to the American dream.” 

The cast of the current Henderson production includes: Anna Brantley of White Hall; Dakota Mansfield of Benton; Emily McDow of New Orleans; Ben Perry of North Little Rock; Magee-Lee Preston of The Colony, Texas; and Jacey Russell of Morrilton.

The play is under the direction of William Henshaw, professor of theatre arts. Scenic design is by Douglas Gilpin, professor of theatre arts. Student designers include: Parker Milam of Fort Smith, lighting; Stacey Johnson of Little Rock, costumes; Zachery Ingersoll of Jacksonville, sound; and Misty Frazier of Arkadelphia, makeup and hair. The stage manager is Brittany Carter of East End.

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.

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