Wells College Theatre Presents "As the Ivy Grows" for Annual Alumni Production

January 25, 2019
The new play, written and performed by Wells students and alumni, premieres Feb. 8 and 9 in Phipps Auditorium.

The Wells College Theatre and Dance Department is proud to present "As the Ivy Grows," a new play created and written by six Wells College students in the Devised Theatre course during the fall 2018 semester. "As the Ivy Grows" will be performed in Phipps Auditorium in Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. The box office will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. for each performance. Admission is free and open to the public.

"As the Ivy Grows" takes as its subject matter famous 19th-century Wells graduates Frances Folsom Cleveland and Emma Lampert Cooper (from the classes of 1885 and 1875, respectively). The play is made up of scenes inspired by these women's lives and intermingles them with contemporary Wells students and politics.

Each February, the Department of Theatre and Dance invites an alumnus or alumna of Wells to participate in a production as a playwright, director, choreographer, actor, dancer or designer. This year's alumni production features actor Maria Coleman '14. Currently a development associate in Wells College's advancement office, Maria is an actor who has been featured in many productions throughout New York State and serves as Violet in the annual "It's a Wonderful Life" celebration in nearby Seneca Falls.

"As the Ivy Grows" was created and written over a three-month process, during which time the students endeavored to examine how the role of the powerful woman has changed, or not changed, throughout the years. They have also explored in this work the ways in which women have historically been seen through the prism of a male-centric point of view.

Other playwrights/actors involved include Wells students: Ally Collins '20, Luke Lauchle '20, Abby Hauf '21, Michelle Pradella '19, Kaetlyn Stinson '20 and LeAnne Weber '19. The set and lights are designed by assistant professor of theatre Patti Goebel. The show is stage managed by Sam Fellman '22. The cast features student actors from all disciplines and class years, and the stage crew is made up of both students experienced in technical theatre and those new to the field.

Please note that the audience will move locations during the performance. The travel is indoors, but does involve a flight of stairs. Patrons with mobility challenges are strongly advised to alert the box office in advance.

Admission to "As the Ivy Grows" is free and tickets are available at the door or by calling the box office at 315.364.3456. For more information, please contact Professor Siouxsie Easter at seaster@wells.edu or 315.364.3232.

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