‘The Star Spangled Girl’ Debuts Nov. 28 at WWU

Neil Simon’s “The Star Spangled Girl,” will be performed by the William Woods University theatre department Nov. 28–Dec. 2 in Dulany Auditorium.


“The Star Spangled Girl,” involves three characters in ’60s San Francisco: Andy, Norman and Sophie. Andy and Norman are radicals who are barely making a living at their magazine. Sophie moves in next door, resulting in a love triangle.


The play stars three William Woods students: Brian Schmiderer of Pacific, Mo., as Norman; Sonny Griffin of St. Louis, Mo., as Andy, and Natalie Baughman of Kansas City, Mo., as Sophie.


Guest artist and William Woods alumnus, Jody Paschal of Fulton, Mo., will direct the play. Paschal is a 2001 graduate with a B.A. in theatre. He made his directing debut last year with the play, “Exit the Body.”


“The Star-Spangled Girl” opened on Broadway in 1966 at the Plymouth Theatre. It has run 261 performances since. In 1971, the play was adapted into a movie.


The play’s crew includes several William Woods students. Lighting design/dimmer board operator is Mallory Morrison of New Albany, Ind.; sound design/sound engineer is Seth Hunt of Springfield, Mo.; stage manager is Taylor Davidson of Kansas City, Mo.; technical director is Bryn Hudson of Carrollton, Texas; property mistresses are Allie Ward of Hazelwood, Mo., and Bethany Hall of Des Moines, Iowa.


Box office manager is Arin Brewington of De Soto, Mo.; house manager is Cody Olendorff of Pacific, Mo.; prop crew is Taryn Watts of Nixa, Mo. and Harrison Jones of Fulton, Mo.; box office/ushering staff is Terrence Cochran of Dallas, Texas; Michelle Proffitt of Warren, Ohio; Katie Binkley of Fulton, Mo., Victoria Staats of Farmington, Mo., and Jessica Mathews of Fulton, Mo.


Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre, is designing the sets and Jane Friedman, staff costumer, is designing the costumes.


Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1 in Dulany Auditorium. A matinee performance will be Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. Ticket prices for “The Star Spangled Girl,” are $10 for adults, $9 for students, $8 for senior citizens (55 and above) and $7 for children ages 6-13.