Fall Production

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare
directed by Glen Gourley

October 28-31, 2015
7:30 pm Wednesday – Saturday
Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center


This drama is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. The themes illustrated in the play are freedom, friendship , repentance and forgiveness and feature different temperaments illustrating temperance and intemperance. The plot starts when King Alonso of Naples and his entourage sail home for Italy after attending his daughter’s wedding in Tunis, Africa. They encounter a violent storm. Everyone jumps overboard and they are washed ashore on a strange island inhabited by the magician Prospero who has deliberately conjured up the storm. Prospero and Miranda live in a cave on the island which is also inhabited by Ariel, a sprite who carries out the bidding of Prospero, and the ugly, half human Caliban. Various plots against the main characters fail thanks to the magic of Prospero. The play ends with all the plotters repenting and the tempest is calmed.


Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Danielle Jones
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Rebecca Prohaska
Prospero: Matthew Adkins
Trinculo: Joshua Anderson
Stephano: D. Keith Best
Master: Jordan Brown
Iris: Ilia Campbell
Boatswain/Mariner: Michelle Carter
Boatswain/Mariner: Kierra Clavon
Boatswain/Mariner: Braddy Gladden
Alonso: Doug Gray
Spirit: Tierra S. Griffin
Ferdinand: Kevin Holloway
Boatswain/Mariner: Jalen Hunter
Boatswain/Mariner: Danielle Isgett
Boatswain/Mariner: Christopher Johnson
Boatswain/Mariner: Dustin Johnson
Spirit: Laken Long
Boatswain/Mariner: Melaney Mills
Gonzalo: C. Xavier Nettles
Sebastian: Jake Pack
Ariel: Malcolm Parker
Ceres: Rebecca Perkins
Juno: Gabrielle Pinneo
Caliban: Kimberely Roberts
Adrian: Markelle Roberts
Francisco: Treshawn Simmons
Antonio: Eric Squirewell, Jr.
Spirit: Megann Warnecki
Miranda: Jordan Watson
Spirit: Jacquelynne Wilcox

Winter Production

bestill – an original musical

by D. Keith Best and Brandon Goff
directed by Keith Best

February 17-20, 2016
7:30 pm Wednesday – Saturday

Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts Center


Chris Pendergrass thinks he’s finally making sense of his world. His wife, Deb, is pregnant with their first child; his mother-in-law, June, seems to be finally accepting of him; a new neighbor, Dave, seems to be a good guy; and he’s found the practice of meditation thanks to the Center of Stillness and its charismatic director, Noble. Then all of a sudden, his world turns upside down.

Deb is having odd spells. June pops in to inform them that Deb’s father is not dead, but has been cryogenically preserved and is ready to be revived. Chris’s friendship with Dave starts to take an unexpected turn. As Chris is faced with one revelation after another, he finds himself facing some difficult choices, all while still trying to quiet the mind–to be still.

Come see this brand new musical with book by D. Keith Best, music and lyrics by D. Keith Best and Brandon Goff, and art direction by Charles Jeffcoat. You’re in for a wild ride!

Note: bestill – an original musical contains adult situations and language. Not recommended for anyone under the age of 16.

Spring Production

Dancing at Lughnasa

by Brian Friel


It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal. In a house just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five Mundy sisters, barely making ends meet, their ages ranging from twenty-six up to forty. The two male members of the household are brother Jack, a missionary priest, repatriated from Africa by his superiors after twenty-five years, and the seven-year-old child of the youngest sister. In depicting two days in the life of this menage, Brian Friel evokes not simply the interior landscape of a group of human beings trapped in their domestic situation, but the wider landscape, interior and exterior, Christian and pagan, of which they are nonetheless a part.