WWU theatre to perform ‘The Cherry Sisters Revisited’

The true story of sisters whose ambition, gumption and good
heart led them to Broadway, despite their lack of talent, will be performed at William
Woods University this month.

The Cherry Sisters’ dreams of Vaudeville took them from their
Iowa barn to Broadway, where their inept acrobatics and tone-deaf caterwauling
continually sold out, bringing them fame—and a barrage of rotten cabbages.
 
The WWU theatre department will perform “The Cherry Sisters
Revisited” by Dan O’Brien, with music by Michael Friedman, at 7:30 p.m. April
25-27, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. April 28 in Cutlip Auditorium of
the McNutt Campus Center.
 
Cast members are Paige Runge of St. Louis, Mo., as Effie; Kassaundra
Davidson of Roseau, Minn., as Addie; Bailey Campanini of Camdenton, Mo., as
Lizzie; Melissa Williams of St. Louis, Mo., as Ella; Kayla Pulliam of
Bloomington, Ill., as Jessie; and TJ Green of Brandon, Miss., as Pops.
 
At the performances April 27 and 28, “Cherry Sisters” will
feature shadow interpreters— interpreters in costume, interacting with the
actors.  Interpreters will be AJ
Housewright of St. Louis, Mo.; Sharon Mehl of Higginsville, Mo.; and Katherine
Wortmann of Mexico, Mo. 
 
Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor of
communication, will direct the play. 
Alumnus Dustin Z. West will do the scene and lighting design, while Jane
Friedman will do the costume design. The stage manager is Katharine Carney, a
sophomore from St. Peters, Mo.
 
Tickets for “Cherry Sisters Revisited” go on sale
April 15. Prices are $6 for children (6 -12); $8 for students, faculty and
staff; and $10 for senior citizens ages 62 and up; and $12 for adults.
 
Purchase tickets by contacting the
box office in McNutt Campus Center 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at
573-592-4267 or box.office@williamwoods.edu. Tickets are also available online
at www.Showtix4u.com (credit/debit card only).
                                                          
 
CUTLINE:
The show bill for “The Cherry Sisters Revisited”

A cast performs “The Cherry Sisters Revisited” in
another theatre.  The play will be
performed at William Woods University April 25-28.

A photo of the original Cherry Sisters