Theatre prepares for fall production

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On October 21, Pacific’s theatre program will begin the school year with their fall production, “Heathen Valley.”

The play, originally written by Romulus Linney, is adapted from the church histories of the Valle Crucis mission in western North Carolina. The focus of the story, a valley known as “Heathen,” is set in the 1850s where two central characters are hoping to bring religion to the valley.

The two characters struggling to transform the community live the lives of a transient and a bishop. The bishop will be played by Pacific’s own Jacob Goodyear while Chris Mikulic plays the role of Starns, the transient. Other features are made by Alex Hintz as Billy (the narrator), Kailea Saplan playing the role of Cora, Janna Tessman portraying Tessa and Ted Gold not only acting as Harlan, but also the set designer for the production. Completing the ensemble are Tiara Herr, Carolyn O’Brien-Dunn, Liz Crooker, Michael Johnson, Katie Mortemore and Nick Kelly, occupying the roles of “heathens,” the citizens of the valley.

Pacific’s version of “Heathen Valley” is directed by student Sam Stein as part of her senior project.

The opening night performance of “Heathen Valley” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Tom Miles Theatre and there will be another the following evening, Oct. 22, at the same time. Following the Sunday, Oct. 23 matinee at 2 p.m., there will be a question and answer session with the cast and crew. There will also be Friday and Saturday shows the weekend after.

Tickets for “Heathen Valley” can be purchased at the box office in McCready Hall.


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