WWU Theatre to Perform ‘The Miser’

William Woods University will close its 2008-09 theatre season this month with the production of Moliere’s “The Miser.”


“The Miser” mocks the French idea of comedy to lighten the tragedy of Harpagon and his life. Harpagon looks to find a wife of his own, and marry off his children.  His daughter, Elise, is set to marry a man that won’t demand a dowry, but she is already in love with her father’s servant, Valere.  Harpagon found a rich widow for his son, Cleante, but he is charmed by Marianne, a penniless woman. To twist the story, Harpagon has already decided to take Marianne as his own wife, and to make matters worse, Harpagon discovers the fortune he buried in his garden has been stolen.


George Spratt, a Fulton resident, will play Harpagon. The cast includes three WWU students from Fulton: Sam Binkley as Master Simon, Harrison Jones as Chief of Police and Katie Binkley as a servant.


Other WWU student performers are Cody Olendorff of Pacific, Mo., as Valere; Rachel Petricka of Las Vegas, Nev., as Elise; Bryan Schmiderer of Pacific, Mo., as Cleante; Taryn Watts of Nixa, Mo., as Marianne; Dustin West of Kansas City, Mo., as La Fleche; Bethany Hall of Des Moines, Iowa, as Frosine; Allison Ward of St. Louis, Mo., as Mistress Jacques; Amanda Almich of Granby, Mo., as Donna Tomisina Anselme, and Wendy Polcin of Racine, Wis., and April Dawn Flagg of Lake Victor, Texas, as servants.


The play will be directed by Joe Potter, WWU assistant professor and artistic director of theatre. Jane Friedman, staff costumer, will design the show’s costumes.  In addition to being in the cast, Dustin West will serve as set designer and Wendy Polcin will be box office manager.


Other WWU students on the crew are Mallory Morrison of Louisville, Ky., lighting designer; Molly Feldt of O’Fallon, Mo., stage manager; Mari Hilderman of Houston, Texas, properties; Chris Norton of Lonedell, Mo., sound engineer, and Jennie McFadden of Alton, Ill., house manager.


Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. April 17, 18, 24 and 25, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. April 19, in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267.  Tickets for “The Miser” are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (62 and up) and $5 for children (6-12).