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Widener Students Take the Stage in Two Plays

October 30, 2013

Freshbaked theatre 10-30-13

By Maria Klecko ’15

Two Widener student theatre companies — one old and one new — are staging productions in November.

FreshBaked Theatre Company will present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (rehearsals pictured above) on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium.

Lone Brick Theatre Company is presenting the play Distracted in Room 1 of Kapelski Learning Center on Nov. 8, 9, 14, and 16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 17 at 7 p.m.

This production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow features Kathryn Schultz Miller’s adaption of Washington Irving’s ghost tale bearing in mind young audiences. Families and children ages 6 and up are permitted to attend the 50-minute performance.

Distracted, by playwright and screenwriter Lisa Loomer, is a comedy that tells the story of Jesse, a 9-year-old boy who possibly has attention deficit disorder, and his mother who is searching for answers. The play raises the pertinent question of whether our information-obsessed world has made us oblivious to what actually matters. This is the new company’s first production.

“This is a fantastic show to reinvent theatre at Widener,” said Robert Reutter, director of the Lone Brick Theatre Company and a senior lecturer of English.

Part of the company’s mission is to stage productions in uncommon locations. The classroom’s elements, like the chalkboard and projector, will be used in the show.

FreshBaked Theatre Company’s production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow stars freshman psychology major Kirk Reichart of Larksville, Pa., as schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and freshman political science major Patrick LaMarra of Glen Mills, Pa., as the Headless Horseman.

Lone Brick’s Distracted stars Joann Klein, a freshman communication studies major of Broomall, Pa., and Jared Bernatowicz, a freshman psychology major also of Broomall, Pa.

FreshBaked Theatre Company has staged theatrical works for families and children in the greater Chester area since 2001. The cast aims to encourage civic engagement through its passion for the performing arts.

Lone Brick is Widener’s resident theatre company that is committed to producing non-traditional theatre and giving a creative voice to the diverse campus community.

For admission to all performances of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a $1-2 donation is suggested. Proceeds will benefit Chester community aid organizations.

Matinee showings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and Thursday, Nov. 7 for local schools and home school families. These showings are by reservation only. For more information, contact Director Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale at ljcocchiarale@mail.widener.edu.

Tickets for Distracted can be purchased online through Lone Brick’s events page at ticketleap.com or at the door by cash only. It costs $8 dollars for general admission; $5 for Widener alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as non-Widener students; and $2 for Widener students.

Visit Lone Brick Theatre Company on Facebook for more information.

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