The Players are comprised of a variety of University students, including theatre majors and minors, as well as students from a variety of non-related majors. According to The Players website, “Theatre professionals are regularly infused into the mix as guest artists, serving as directors, designers and performers, to enhance the educational opportunities within the program.”
Rehearsals are a vital part of the show’s production. Victoria Pennington ’19, who plays Florence in the show, said, “Our cast and crew have been having a blast rehearsing for Bright Star! Every night is full of music, discovering new things about our characters, and a lot of laughing. This show has such a nice balance of comedy and drama, so some nights we are drawing from personal experiences for dramatic purposes, and others we are telling jokes in costume.”
The performances, directed by Michael O’Steen, will take place in the McDade Center on campus, Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.
“Audiences will love the story of Bright Star because it is a touching show about overcoming hardships in life and how fate leads you to where you are meant to be,” said Pennington. “Also, the music is beautiful and catchy, so the performers will have you humming along with them!”
Tickets to Bright Star, as well as a season pass to all Players productions, can be purchased here.