Local to be stage manager at OUC play


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Crew members at Ohio University Chillicothe are ready to go for this week’s performances of “Tragedy: A Tragedy.” Pictured (L-R) are Trent Waldron (The Governor), Bri Penrod (John), Anthony Dixon (The Witness), Sarah Uhrig (Constance), Lanie Shea (Michael) and Dr. Lance Mekeel (director).

Crew members at Ohio University Chillicothe are ready to go for this week’s performances of “Tragedy: A Tragedy.” Pictured (L-R) are Trent Waldron (The Governor), Bri Penrod (John), Anthony Dixon (The Witness), Sarah Uhrig (Constance), Lanie Shea (Michael) and Dr. Lance Mekeel (director).


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This weekend, Washington C.H. resident and Record-Herald reporter, Jennifer Woods, is assisting in Ohio University Chillicothe’s (OHIO Chillicothe) fall production of Will Eno’s “Tragedy: A Tragedy” as the assistant stage manager, which is showing this weekend.

The play is approximately an hour long and is being held in the Bennett Hall Auditorium at the OHIO Chillicothe campus, 101 University Drive. The auditorium is located in the basement of Bennett Hall. An elevator is available for use.

The play is being directed by Dr. Lance Mekeel, an assistant professor of instruction in theater and communications as well as director of the theater program at OHIO Chillicothe.

“The play is about how language ultimately fails us in trying to effectively share our human experiences. The news broadcast team the play is centered around all find the system of language breaking down around them as they bump up against its inadequacies of being able to share what they’re going through,” explained Mekeel. “In my mind, the play tells us that there’s nothing that can replace being in the same room with other people.”

The play performances will start at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There will be a second performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday and a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. House will open for audience members to enter the auditorium approximately half an hour prior to each showing.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 0-17 and are free to Ohio University students as long as they have a student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online.

On Friday, there will also be a dinner theater event prior to the performance. This event costs $25 and includes both the dinner and admission to that night’s performance. Proceeds from this event contributes to the Jayne Stone Brown theater scholarship, which is awarded to a theater student each year.

“If you’ll be out doing some early Christmas shopping or want to get out of town for the weekend, I hope you can stop on by,” said Woods. “We’re just a group of students learning to better our skills at something we love and wish to share the experience of theater with others.”

Those students include the cast, the art club who assisted with set design, students taking theater courses, the Student Theater Drama Society, etc.

“Although I was cast in multiple musicals when attending Washington Middle School and Washington High School, this is my first experience taking part in a production offstage,” explained Woods. “I’m hoping to one day bring the skills I’m learning at OHIO Chillicothe back to Fayette County.”

For more information on the dinner theater event, contact Joyce Atwood at 740-774-7732. To stay updated on the production and to learn more, please follow “ouctragedyplay” on Instagram.

Crew members at Ohio University Chillicothe are ready to go for this week’s performances of “Tragedy: A Tragedy.” Pictured (L-R) are Trent Waldron (The Governor), Bri Penrod (John), Anthony Dixon (The Witness), Sarah Uhrig (Constance), Lanie Shea (Michael) and Dr. Lance Mekeel (director).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/11/web1_tragedy.jpgCrew members at Ohio University Chillicothe are ready to go for this week’s performances of “Tragedy: A Tragedy.” Pictured (L-R) are Trent Waldron (The Governor), Bri Penrod (John), Anthony Dixon (The Witness), Sarah Uhrig (Constance), Lanie Shea (Michael) and Dr. Lance Mekeel (director). Courtesy photo

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