Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015
Theatre Westminster will present Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey April 30-May 3, with Thursday-Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.
Adapted by Dr. Scott Mackenzie, associate professor of theatre and chair of Westminster’s Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, and Art, the play is based on Austen’s delightfully funny novel that pokes fun at the gothic romances of the period. The play follows young Catherine Morland as she journeys from her quiet country village to the splendid ballrooms of Bath, England and the grand halls Northanger Abbey, learning about life, love and friendship during the English Regency era.
Theatre Westminster’s production is directed by Melissa Hill Grande. Scene design is by Terry Dana Jachimiak II, assistant professor of theatre, with light and sound design by theatre major Shelly Luczynski.
In addition to the Westminster students, others in the cast include Dr. Neal Edman, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and Dr. John Westgate, visiting assistant professor of chemistry.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and non-Westminster students. Order your tickets here.
Justin Jackovic, a junior business administration major, is a son of Mark and Kim Jackovic and a graduate of Hopewell High School. He is cast as Henry Tilney.
Jeremy Roberts, a freshman political science major, is a son of Peter and Erica Duni and a graduate of Central Valley High School. He is cast in multiple roles as Mr. King, Rich, Steven and part of the ensemble.
Mackenzie Thomas, a junior Christian education major, is a daughter of Christopher and Carla Thomas and a graduate of Hopewell High School. She is cast as Isabella Thorpe.
Katherine Stark, a sophomore neuroscience major, is a daughter of Edward and Mary Kay Stark and a graduate of Beaver Area High School. She is cast as Eleanor Tilney.
Alexander Haney, a junior English major, is a son of Mary Ann Haney and Scott Finney, Elizabeth, and a graduate of Bishop Canevin High School. He is cast as John Thorpe.
Victoria Volkay, a sophomore English and theatre major, is a daughter of Robert and Hollie Volkay and a graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School. She is cast as Chelsea and the author’s voice.
New Brighton, PA
Vance Shuler, a freshman accounting major, is a son of Tony and Michelle Buffalini and a graduate of New Brighton Area High School. He is cast as Kevin and part of the ensemble.
New Castle, PA
Travis Ascione, a freshman theatre major, is a son of Gregory and Sue Ascione and a graduate of Neshannock High School. He is cast as Capt. Frederick Tilney.
Hunter Steinitz, a sophomore religion and theatre major, is a daughter of Mark Steinitz and a graduate of Capa High School. She is cast as Sarah and Mrs. Hughes.
Kaitlin Alexi, a junior early childhood/special education major, is a daughter of James and Lisa Alexi and a graduate of Mineral Ridge High School. She is cast as Maria Thorpe.
Joshua Scott, a senior communication studies and theatre major, is a son of Robin and Michele Scott and a graduate of Champion High School. He is cast as James Morland.
Berkeley Springs, WV
Sheila Fizer, a freshman theatre major, is a daughter of Jane Doyle and a graduate of Berkeley Springs High School. She is cast as Mrs. Thorpe.
Rhiannon Griffiths, a freshman music and theatre major, is a daughter of David and Margaret Griffiths and a graduate of homeschooling. She is cast as Catherine Morland.
Prince William, VA
Tiffany Yearsley, a first year history major is a daughter of Pamela Yearsley and a graduate of Potomac High School.