The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players to perform two plays by Hrothsvita

The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will perform Two Plays by Hrothsvita in Reynolds Hall at the following times:  Friday, March 30, 7:30 pm; Saturday, March 31, 7:30 pm; Wednesday, April 4, 8:30 pm; Thursday, April 5, 8:30 pm; Friday, April 6, 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 7, 7:30 pm; Sunday, April 8, 3 pm.  Tickets are $5 General Admission; FREE for Shepherd University students; $2 for Shepherd University faculty and staff and other students


Hrothsvita was a tenth-century German nun, who, in a patriarchal age, wrote plays that are both spiritual and funny, and which feature strong female characters. The plays were translated from the Latin by Betty Ellzey, who also directed. 


Shepherd University students in the cast and crew include:  Boaz Bamiro, Lyvon Campbell, Austin Fitzgerald, Elijah Fritz, Victoria Harding, Gabrielle Hess, Bethany Kaetzel, Emily Keefer; Tiffany Kline, Dylan Kontra, Katelyn Lindsay, Juliana Pond, Haley Weatherholtz. 


Georgiann Toole, Associate Professor of Education, composed a musical piece to the ending of one of the plays.  The composition, entitled “White Bird,” will be featured in the production.  It was recorded by Octavo, a women’s chorus consisting of Shepherd University music majors, under the direction of Rachel Carlson, Director of Choral Activities.  Senior Music major Tamira Patterson conducted the piece.  Students in the chorus are Alexas Spiker, Marissa Watkins, Sophie Palmer, Shania Isenberg, Emily Watson, Tara Foster, Abigail Ayers, Stephanie Proctor, Jennifer Forbes, Kayla Starr, Heidi Macaluso, Ashleigh Stottlemyer, and Alisa Mills.


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