HPU Theatre Features 'The Dining Room'

Posted on March 2, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 2, 2010 — The High Point University Theatre treated the community to a delicious performance with their recent production of “The Dining Room” in the Empty Space Theatre of the Old Student Center.

The show, a humorous and compassionate play from American playwright A.R. Gumey, was scripted as a series of overlapping vignettes — all set in a dining room.

Directed by Doug Brown, instructor of theatre, the production featured Sharisse Vernelle Saunders, senior; Nathan Ruffin, junior; Cate Lightburn, sophomore; and Chrissy Bracken, Brandon Browning, Matt Kniffen, Turner Morehead and Melanie Thomas, all freshmen.

The show featured 18 scenes and 57 characters. Naturally, the performers in the production played more than one role, Brown says. In fact, he says the actors played characters that ranged in age from small children to senior citizens, and covered the 1930s Depression era to modern day.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley
Vice President for Administration

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